Adam Lallana finally got to say goodbye to Anfield after Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Brighton on Saturday. The 33-year-old left the Reds over a year ago.
It was clear for some time that Adam Lallana would leave Liverpool with the end of his contract in 2020. What certainly wasn’t clear was that his final game in front of an Anfield crowd would come long before that.
The pandemic shut football down and removed fans from stadiums right as Lallana’s contact wound down. It meant his final games for Liverpool came in front of empty stands.
Lallana then joined Brighton last summer but even his Anfield return last season prevented him from saying goodbye. Fans were still absent as the Seagulls travelled up north in February.
The Englishman finally got his chance on Saturday, however. Lallana gave the crowd a lap of honour after Liverpool and Brighton drew 2-2.
Journalist Carl Markham captured the moment in a Twitter video:
Lallana says goodbye to Anfield
It’s a wonderful moment and we’re thrilled that Lallana got this opportunity. He had a good game in front of the Anfield faithful, too, picking up an assist for Brighton’s equaliser.
While that’s not exactly the way Liverpool hoped the return would go, they won’t be surprised. This is a player Jurgen Klopp recently praised to great heights, calling Lallana ‘really rare’ and one of the best he’s ever worked with.
We believe Lallan has set a blueprint for what Liverpool want from their advanced midfielders, in fact. We’re seeing the likes of Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott follow in his footsteps with a blend of technical skill and intelligent pressing.
Perhaps, then, Lallana’s legacy at Liverpool can end up being a bit special. He certainly left an impression on Klopp and Anfield – we couldn’t be happier he finally got to say goodbye.