Jamie Redknapp: I wondered if Adam Lallana had the 'drive' to succeed at the top level.

Liverpool legend Jamie Redknapp admits that he wasn't sure if Adam Lallana had the “drive” to succeed at the top level.

The Liverpool midfielder moved from Southampton to Anfield in the summer transfer window and scored his first goal on Saturday as the Reds won West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at Anfield.

However, Redknapp has been delighted to see the England international mature into a top player in recent seasons and told the Daily Mail: “When I was at Southampton at the end of my career, I remember seeing a young Adam Lallana play.

“The focus was on Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott but you could see his quality. But he was such a well-mannered lad you wondered if he had the drive to really kick on.

“After playing for England and getting his move to Liverpool, it’s obvious that he does. Now after such a quality goal, he will feel more settled.

“He’s not blessed with blistering pace but he’s so good with both feet and can drop a shoulder to find space. Now he has to go on and dominate games like he can.”

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