After all the Saints marched out of Southampton, they are now lining up to praise the club they chose to leave.
Earlier in the week former Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino spoke to the media about his time in charge of Saints. The Argentine was only complimentary of the club, thanking them for the opportunity to allow him to grow as a manager.
Today, it is Adam Lallana who reached out to the Southampton supporters, clearing the air over his summer move to Liverpool.
I never, ever wanted anything to get messy, if that’s what happened.
I don’t look a lot into it or read a lot into it. I always wanted to leave on a good note and I’ll always have special memories of the fans, the players and the people involved in the club.”
The ‘mess’ Lallana is talking about is the rumors that the midfielder refused to play for Southampton in order to force a move away from St. Mary’s. However, Lallana has vehemently denied the gossip surrounding his $40 million transfer to Liverpool.
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Lallana, who joined Southampton as a youth in 2000, and helped lead Saints from League One obscurity to a top-ten finish in the Premier League. With over 200 appearances for the club, Lallana wanted Saints fans to know how much the club means to him, despite his move to Liverpool.
At the age I was in my career, and with Mauricio [Pochettino] leaving as well, it just felt the right time for me to test myself. It was a great opportunity. I’m sad and disappointed that certain fans feel like that, but I understand why.
They love Southampton. I’ll always love Southampton. I had a great time down there. I have great respect for Southampton as a club. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Lallana has adapted into his role in the Liverpool midfield, scoring his first Premier League goal for the reds in a 2-1 win over West Bromwich this past weekend. Southampton have moved on from Lallana, as they are enjoying one of their best starts in club history, currently sitting in third place.