Ahead of facing his former side with his new club this weekend, Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has admitted leaving Southampton for Merseyside will have “left a bitter taste in the mouth” of Saints fans, reports BBC
The 26-year-old was a club captain for the South Coast outfit during his time at St Mary’s, spending a total of 12 years with Southampton before making a £25M to Liverpool in the summer. He’s represented his country, and is slowly starting to prove his worth with the Reds, but understands why some supporters could give him a rough treatment when Liverpool face Southampton on the weekend.
Lallana has said he wouldn’t celebrate out of respect for the Saints if he scores, while also admitting that coming up against his former side could affect his performance. He said it was emotional making the decision to leave, but once he heard of their interest in his signature, his made was made up. The talented midfielder refuted claims that he requested a transfer to push the deal through, and insists he was respectful of the club prior to the deal going through.
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