Former Liverpool player could return to old club after being booed by fans

Former Saint Matt Le Tissier and Adam Lallana during the Sky Bet Championship Play Final match between Leeds United v Southampton at Wembley Stadium on May 26, 2024 in London, England.
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Brighton featured more heavily than expected as Liverpool put together clips to say goodbye to Jürgen Klopp. Kitted out in full club gear, James Milner and Adam Lallana both paid tribute to their former manager.

The duo would have had divided loyalties for this weekend's Championship play-off final, where Southampton faced off against Leeds. It was Lallana who ended up happier — and he had even made the trip to Wembley for the occasion.

Or at least, that was ostensibly the purpose of the trip. But the Telegraph reports that talks have begun between Lallana and Southampton over a sensational return to the club, which he left for Liverpool in 2013.

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Lallana, 36, has already announced his departure from Brighton (Milner, 38, has signed an extension that keeps his hopes of breaking Gareth Barry's all-time Premier League appearances record alive). Having spent time with England U21s as part of his coaching badges, many wondered whether the midfielder might hang up his boots, but it seems he has ambitions of continuing to play in the top flight following Southampton's promotion.

A product of the Southampton academy, having switched from Bournemouth at a young age, Lallana made 265 appearances for the Saints, from League One up to the Premier League. He was held in the highest regard by supporters before his move to Liverpool.

And while many did not begrudge him the move, a portion of Saints fans felt aggrieved, and reminded Lallana of that in subsequent meetings with Liverpool (as noted by the ECHO). The transfer did, after all, come at a time when the Reds were raiding Southampton for a whole host of top talent, and losing the captain must have stung.

From a Liverpool perspective, Lallana was one of the more successful signings from St Mary's, going on to become an important figure in the early Klopp reign before ultimately leaving as a Premier League and Champions League winner. His four years at Brighton have been fruitful, if injury-hit. says: Surely even the most stubborn Southampton fan would welcome Lallana back with open arms. A genuine stalwart of the club through thick and thin, he more than earned his move to Liverpool, and a return to the club where he made his breakthrough would be a fitting swansong.

Lallana's experience could also prove invaluable to Southampton as it looks to navigate life back in the Premier League. It's a function he has already performed superbly at Brighton, and he could be a real asset to his old team in its quest to avoid the fate of all three of last season's promoted sides.