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Report: Liverpool to seal $35 million deal for Adam Lallana

May 9, 2014, 7:02 AM EDT

Adam Lallana looks poised to exchange his Southampton shirt for a Liverpool shirt. Getty Images

Silly season will be on steroids all summer, as top clubs across the globe aim to either tie up deals before the World Cup or risk losing their transfer targets after the tournament in Brazil.

With that in mind Liverpool have jumped to the front of the queue, ahead of Arsenal, Manchester United and others, as numerous reports suggest they are pursuing a deal for Southampton and England star Adam Lallana.

Lallana, 25, has shone for Saints this season after scoring 10 goals in 41 appearances and captaining the side to an eighth place finish in the Premier League. Lallana has been with the South Coast club since he was 12 but this offseason the St. Mary’s club could see their prized possessions and manager leave as the owners may take a more prudent approach to running the club and cash in on their star academy products like Lallana and Luke Shaw.

Liverpool are eager to pounce and clinch the deal before Lallana heads to the World Cup with England, something which is a nailed on certainty as the silky attacker has impressed England boss Roy Hodgson with his stunning displays for club and country this season. If Brendan Rodgers‘ side don’t get the deal done before Lallana leaves for the World Cup on June 8, they run the risk of seeing the playmaker have a terrific tournament and several suitors across Europe will be willing to splash even more cash than the $35 million he is currently valued at.

Would Lallana fit into Liverpool’s style of play? It is hard to imagine a current PL star who personifies the possession based style of Rodgers’ team better. He can play anywhere across the midfield and is just as devastating being deployed on either wing as he is in a central playmaking position.

Great on the ball and able to jinx in and out of the best defenses in England, Lallana would compliment the likes of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling perfectly. Yet after this season, where the Reds have conceded 49 goals in 37 games, is buying more attackers really a good idea? After scoring 99 goals thus far, Rodgers’ philosophy is all-out attack and Lallana is a magician in and around the box who is a rising star in the English game.

Lallana’s future is bright, but will it be spent playing in front of the Kop?

  1. Greg - May 9, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    A lot of money for someone who might not even play every game? Hard to think of who they’d remove from Gerrard, Henderson, and Coutinho. Joe Allen is a similar player bought for a similar price who (similarly) warms the bench except when Henderson was suspended

  2. some1kj - May 9, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    The result at Crystal Palace was symbolic of poor management. But then Liverpool’s defense looked very shaky in similar situations before, against Norwich they were sailing by a 3 goal lead and then Norwich scored 2 goals and you can see the panic in Liverpool’s defense, we’re very lucky to escape and win. The need to invest in bolstering their defense. Hardly need another attacking midfielder when you see the ease in which they move forward and score goals. They need Balance!

  3. konmtu - May 9, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    You guys have to remember that Liverpool are going to need more depth. They have UCL to deal with next season. Plus, a deeper run in the cup competitions could spread them thin. This is a good move in that respect. They do have to add some good defensive help before next season, though. The backline is very scary more often than not.

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