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At the centre of Liverpool's midfield, there is now the left footed creativity of Charlie Adam and at £7 million, he could well prove to be one of the buys of the transfer window.
Adam's comfort on the ball, is a comfort to the fans that watch him and his manager Kenny Dalglish. He seems to have been wearing the red of the Reds for so many more than the few games that he has played in the pre season, so effortless has been his transition into the Liverpool midfield.
It now seems that whatever combination Dalglish wishes to employ in midfield, it will be stronger with Adam in it.
The Scot's prowess from dead balls and set pieces, will push Steven Gerrard's role as automatic taker of such kicks to the extreme. It was Adam's superbly whipped in free kick that Luis Suarez got his head to that opened Liverpool goalscoring account for the new season.
Not blessed with pace, Adam was still (in the first half) able to control the game with vision, passing, tackling, composure and above all else leadership. In Adam, Liverpool may well have found another midfield driver that can pull the team through tough matches and patches within them.
When the referee pointed to the spot, it was a little surprising the Adam was not given the responsibility, as his penalty taking skills rank right up there amongst the Premier League's best. In preseason, Adam stroked home a penalty, that he had to hold his nerve to take twice.
Surely after Suarez's howler, it will be Adam that will be challenging Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt as Liverpool's designated spot kick takers.
From his debut, Adam can take many positives, and as he blends into the Liverpool team, he will surely become one of the Reds' key players this season.