After winning the Premier League with Liverpool, English midfielder Adam Lallana is off to a new challenge. Lallana joined Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion, inking a three-year deal with the organization.
The 32-year-old midfielder joins as a free agent after his contract with Liverpool expired last week. Lallana was officially introduced on Monday.
“I can’t wait to get started,” said Lallana. “It’s a breath of fresh air coming here—having my medical, everything is new. It’s a challenge I am looking forward to. The whole infrastructure and ambition around the club excites me. There is so much young talent and so much ability.”
Lallana hasn’t played much this season, making only 15 Premier League appearances and contributing with a goal and an assist. Still, Brighton’s manager Graham Potter hopes the former England international will help his team finally make the next step after fighting to stay away from the relegation zone in each of the previous three seasons.
“There is no doubting Adam’s quality, and if you look at his footballing CV, his ability is clear for everyone to see,” said Potter. “To have both his experience and quality out on the pitch will be a great addition for us, and I know he will be an excellent role model for our younger players in the squad.”
Adam Lallana spent his early career with Southampton, helping the team to find its way to Premier League from the third tier of the domestic competition. Lallana played 265 games with Southampton and scored 60 goals before joining Liverpool in 2014.
With Liverpool, Lallana didn’t have the same impact but was an important rotational player during the team’s rebuilding phase. Aside from Premier League title, he also helped The Reds to win UEFA Champions League trophy last season. He leaves the team after scoring 22 goals in 178 games in all competitions.