Ronald Koeman hints Southampton not missing Adam Lallana

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has taken a swipe at Adam Lallana after claiming that his side are not missing the creative midfielder following his £25 million sale to Liverpool this summer.

Sport Witness cites a recent interview with the Dutch coach, who reflected positively on his first few months in charge at St Mary's having guided Saints to fourth place in the Premier League.

The 51-year-old knows that it is still very early in the season to be judging performances, but believes his newly acquired players are coping well in their new surroundings - particularly Serbian summer signing Dusan Tadic.

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Tadic arrived on the south coast from FC Twente in a £10.9 million deal as a direct replacement for former Southampton captain Lallana in the aftermath of his move to Anfield, and the 25-year-old playmaker seems to have made a seamless transition to England's top-flight.

Ronald Koeman quote:

"I knew pretty quickly that we would lose Lallana to Liverpool, so we started to look for a similar player," Koeman told Voetbal International. "We soon arrived at Tadic.

"He is a football player with heart and technically strong. He can make a goal with both his left and right. You saw that he was ready for a step up."

The former Feyenoord boss knew Tadic well from his time coaching in Holland, and is clearly pleased with the way the player has settled after impressing previously in the Eredivisie.

Impressive start

After making his debut on Merseyside in the opening weekend's 2-1 defeat against Liverpool, Tadic capped a fine individual performance with an assist for Nathaniel Clyne's second half goal in front of the Kop, allowing Southampton fans to quickly forget about the influential displays of their former skipper in years gone by.

Lallana, meanwhile, has endured a frustrating start to his Liverpool career after suffering an injury during pre-season which delayed his competitive debut for Brendan Rodgers's side until last weekend's disappointing 1-0 home defeat against Aston Villa.

The England international also played an hour of the Reds' 2-1 victory over minnows Ludogorets in the Champions League in midweek and will be hoping to kick-on as he continues to build his match fitness over the coming weeks.

Lallana was one of three senior Southampton players to swap the south coast for Merseyside during the summer, but despite the large number of high-profile departures there appears to be plenty of reason for optimism around St Mary's this season as Tadic and co continue to prove that Koeman's side are still worthy of their place in the Premier League.

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