Adam David Lallana (born 10 May 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Premier League club Liverpool and the England national team.
Lallana was a member of the Bournemouth Centre of Excellence, where he was spotted by a talent scout from Southampton. He joined the Premier League club’s Saints Academy as a 12-year-old in September 2000. Southampton paid £3,000 compensation to Bournemouth with further payments of £5,000 and £10,000 when he signed scholarship and professional contracts respectively.
Lallana was involved in Southampton’s FA Youth Cup squads of 2004–05 and 2005–06, when they reached the final and semi-final respectively.
Lallana joined the first team squad in July 2006, making his debut on 23 August 2006, in a 5–2 victory over Yeovil Town, in the League Cup. On 31 October 2006 he signed a new contract to keep him at Southampton until December 2009. On 9 October 2007 he joined Bournemouth on loan for one month. On 28 April 2008, Lallana scored his first professional goal for Southampton against West Bromwich Albion in a crucial Championship match, with a well-placed finish into the bottom left corner.
He became a regular in the first team at the start of the 2008–09 season. On 29 August 2008, he signed a new three-year deal with the Saints.
Prior to the World Cup, Lallana was subject to interest from Premier League runners-up Liverpool. After long periods of negotiation Liverpool placed a reported £25 million bid which was accepted by Southampton. Following England’s return from the World Cup, Lallana signed for Liverpool, and was handed the number 20 shirt, the number he wore during his time at Southampton.
Bournemouth, Lallana’s youth team, had originally included a 25% sell-on-clause in his contract when he joined Southampton, but only received £4 million after agreeing to a reduced fee with Southampton. Lallana was the second of three players to transfer from Southampton to Liverpool during the summer of 2014, behind Rickie Lambert and later followed by Dejan Lovren.
Since his senior international debut in 2013, Lallana has made over 20 appearances for England and represented them at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 UEFA European Championship.