Will Wijnaldum’s signing spell the end for Lallana at Liverpool?

Date published: Friday 22nd July 2016 11:29

Adam Lallana: Fighting off Georginio Wijnaldum

Adam Lallana: Fighting off Georginio Wijnaldum

Georginio Wijnaldum’s arrival at Liverpool is likely to spell bad news for Adam Lallana – with the stats suggesting he’s the player most vulnerable to the axe at Anfield.

The Holland midfielder, who scored 11 goals from his advanced role at Newcastle last season, is poised to join the Reds after a £25million deal was agreed between the clubs.

And with Wijnaldum joining the likes of Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and other new signing Sadio Mane in the attacking midfield ranks, Lallana’s place under Jurgen Klopp looks most at risk once the Dutchman signs on the dotted line.

Oulala Games have taken a look at the stats to see how the pair compared in the Premier League last season.

Wijnaldum v Lallana info graphic

 

And with Newcastle man scoring more goals (11 v 4), converting more of his chances (20% v 9%) and having a better shot accuracy (71% v 52%) the stats very obviously show how Liverpool will be upgrading their goal threat with the £25million addition of Wijnaldum.

In addition, the Dutchman also betters the Englishman when it comes to pass completion rate and successful passes per game.

Lallana, however, did have more assists to his name last season (six v five), while the former Saints man created an average of 1.6 chances per game, compared to the Newcastle man’s 1.3.

Reds boss Klopp has often gone on record to state his appreciation of Lallana’s workrate for Liverpool, and while Firmino could operate in a more advanced role, it’ll be interesting to see who gets left out of the Liverpool line-up once a deal for Wijnaldum is completed.

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  • #1124622
    James Marshment
    James Marshment
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    Georginio Wijnaldum’s arrival at Liverpool may spell bad news for Adam Lallana – with stats suggesting he’s the player most at risk.

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    #1124736
    lofty1979
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    Based on stats, it puts Lallana as a squad player, we’ll just have to see if he’s happy with that status.

    #1124739
    SensibleS7
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    I really hope not. I do have a lot of time for Adam Lallana as he is a professional who does genuinely want to succeed for the team and do well for himself. He was bought 2 summers ago and although the only real ‘end product’ lacking is the end product itself – goals!

    If there was anything else he could improve on or is lacking is the aggression side of his game, but again, he has improved, though I have to go with my head and say that he is more of a squad player which I gather is what will be now that Wijnaldum is on the horizon.

    It’s healthy though because it encourages competition for places and if Lallana wants to remain committed to Liverpool, he’ll do exactly that to try and work harder to improve his game and make an impression on Jurgen Klopp.

    #1124784
    lofty1979
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    I agree, i’m happy there is no guaranteed starting place for anyone (other than perhaps Clyne as he doesn’t really have anyone to compete with)

    #1124817

    NotoriousBingo
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    And he is lacking in assists…

    #1124829
    suarezsteeth
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    We’ve had this Lallana debate before. He doesn’t score enough,assist enough,gets brushed off the ball too easily….. his work rate is superb,but that’s not enough I’m afraid. Lallana will be a squad player next season,assuming Wijnaldum hits the ground running

    #1125225
    mwake
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    No. I don’t think so. Although not a great player, Lallana proved useful in certain games. He progressed upwards after Klopp arrived but still hasn’t reached those heady Southampton levels. I think he deserves at least till Christmas to prove he can continue to regain his effectiveness.

    #1125246
    shanksy
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    One of the few England players to play ok at the Euros then gets dropped by Woy. If, as ST says, Gini hits the ground running and starts scoring then I’m afraid Adam will have to accept a bit part.

    #1125525
    Davinci
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    I’m atheist – but let us all pray that Wijnaldum does spell the end for Lallana or Milner or Henderson, as first choice players. If Grujic and Mane can help bench the other two, then it has been a fantastic window…Peace

    #1125561
    macattack
    macattack
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    If we’re praying anyway, let’s hope Lallana start to score 10+ goals this season.

    #1125591
    suarezsteeth
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    Talk about bitter. Read the comments under this pic:

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    A photo posted by Gini Wijnaldum (@gwijnaldum) on

    #1125630
    mwake
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    Sometimes its just about integration. Lallana is obviously a good player but he doesn’t always seem to link up very well or make the right attacking decisions. This will be his third season so I hop he will settle now and show us what he is capable, otherwise Wijnaldum and others will serve to bench him.

    #1125642
    suarezsteeth
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    We’ve signed him. 5 year deal

    #1125822
    Narthraal
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    I wonder if Southampton is aware that we are cheating on them with Newcastle…

    #1126167
    Bob-Notts
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    Can’t understand a couple of the buys if we aren’t going to have a biggish name casualty and that could be Lallana …

    Decent player but as others have said does he offer enough in key areas. No.

    I’m not sure he’ll be sold this season but I believe he will drop to the bench and will he accept that …. Interesting times.

    #1127019

    Football Scouser
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    The signing of Mane has already told us that Lallana will be a bench warmer in the coming season. If there is a club offering us about 20 M for Lallana, Klopp probably will bite his hand off. Will Lallana still a Liverpool player only depends on one key point, buyer and price.

    #1127055
    mwake
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    I remember the injury issues last year and also sometimes the increased competition can be googd for the team overall, I say keep him for at least till Christmas…

    #1127091

    NotoriousBingo
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    Lallana will probably stick around, with his versatility he will get games as players get injured and go out of form…

    If he wants to get into the first team, he needs to step up, score more goals and assist more. He is fairly technical and can strike the ball with accuracy but his physique hinders him. He ain´t that fast and he gets bullied off the ball, if he can improve there he can be a very good player.

    #1130325
    MrMakaveli
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    What if Coutinho is about to lose his place in AM?

    #1130337

    NotoriousBingo
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    He is under threat now, he can´t expect to coast through any games now… I actually think he will continue to improve his form for us. I´m hoping for double figures in both goals and assists from him. See him become a more complete player, if that happens he will turn out to be a very special talent indeed. I can only see him becoming better and for that matter everyone else as well. Competition is good…

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