From the Beatles, through Echo and The Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes and The La’s to Mel C, the blood cells flowing through Liverpudlian arteries come in quavers, crotchets and semibreves.
It’s fitting then that it’s Liverpool who have signed Southampton’s Adam Lallana, a forward possessed of surname so sonorous it could bring out the inner Lennon and McCartney in even the most dead-eyed of terrace meatheads.
It’s more than a month until the new Premier League campaign, which Brendan Rodgers’ men are 8/1 to end victoriously.
However, that’s not going to stop news.bwin.com/en/ going all Brill Building and suggesting a few ditties to adapt for the purposes of hailing the £26m man.
Hey Jude by the Beatles
Fitting to start our list with a number that, while used to serenade Olivier Giroud in north London, is spiritually at home on Merseyside.
Altogether now, “La, la-la-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la, naaaaaaa!
La Bamba by Ritchie Valens
Cottoned on to what makes the division-scaling star terrace-ditty dynamite yet?
Lola by the Kinks
Ok, his surname may have slightly too many letters for the ‘L-O-L-A Lola” bit, but there’s a bucketload of la’s in there.
Besides, when Ray Davies intones ‘I’m not the world’s most physical guy’ it seems his ode to transvestism could have been written with Lallana in mind.
La La La by Naughty Boy, featuring Sam Smith
Not ones to be accused of misty-eyed reverence for the past, we’re bringing the new boy’s potential Kop End tributes up to date with this MOBO award-winning cut.
Rather appropriate for a man that, although 26 years old, is being hailed as a member of an exciting new generation of England players.
Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
Perhaps more appropriate for Southampton fans mourning the departure of a man who did as much as anyone to spearhead their charge up the Football League travelator.
“Do you rememember when we used to sing, La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-na?”