Liverpool forward Adam Lallana lifted the doom and gloom around Anfield ahead of the summer transfer window with an inspiring performance to help England stage a second-half turnaround and beat Slovenia in Ljubljana.
Replacing Phil Jones at half-time with the visitors trailing due to Milivoje Novakovic's goal, Lallana instilled immediate dynamism into the England display with an incisive performance.
The 27-year-old had a hand in Jack Wilshere's first international goal, which restored parity in the Slovenian capital, collecting Raheem Sterling's pass inside the penalty area, wriggling away from a handful of chances before the Arsenal midfielder was teed up prior to rifling in from 25 yards.
Lallana then provided the most audacious of assists as England took the lead for the first time in the 73rd minute as he flicked Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson's pass into the path of Wilshere, who found the top corner with a blistering effort.
While Wayne Rooney stole the headlines after netting his 48th international goal to save England from losing their 100% record in European Championship qualifying, after Nejc Pecnik levelled with seven minutes left, the performance of Lallana will not have gone unnoticed by Liverpool fans desperate for a change in fortunes.
During an injury-ravaged maiden campaign with the Reds, Lallana featured just 23 times from the start for Liverpool, scoring five goals and making three assists, but supporters will be hopeful his second campaign can be more fruitful.
With The Daily Mail reporting Manchester City are confident of clinching a £40m move for Sterling this summer, and additional onus set to be placed on overworked player of the season Philippe Coutinho – who is away this summer at the Copa America with Brazil – Lallana could have a major role to play.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has been heavily criticised for his dealings in the transfer market since joining Liverpool in the summer of 2012 but the jury remains out on Lallana, with the ex-Southampton attacker having not had a genuine opportunity to impress.