Mark Lawrenson has argued that Adam Lallana will come good for Liverpool despite the 26-year-old having a difficult season for the club so far.
After making a £25m move to Anfield in the summer of 2014 Lallana has scored five times in 32 appearances for the club. His influence at Southampton, where he helped the side become a permanent fixture in the Premier League, hasn't yet been replicated with injury hampering his efforts, but Lawrenson believes he will improve with time.
"Lallana hasn't quite hit the heights at Anfield," he explained in his column for the Echo. "Everyone realises he is a good player and is going to be a very good Liverpool player.
"It has just not quite happened yet but you know from watching him play that he has the, talent and his attitude is spot on.
"Lallana is one of those players who needs to play often. Because he doesn't have that half-yard of pace, the more he plays the fresher he feels, the quicker his brain works and the more in tune it is with his feet."
With Lallana playing his old side on Sunday alongside Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren, Lawrenson insisted that Southampton fans should cheer for the trio with their transfer fees contributing a great deal to the club's finances over 2014.
"It would be very short-sighted by Southampton fans if they booed any of their returning players today," he said. "The amount of profit the club made from the sales of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert was enough to probably fund the new training ground, provide better development at the Academy and bring in some more players.
"I don't think it will make that much of a difference to the individuals, to be honest."