Writer: Gavin John Day
Date:Wednesday November 13 2013
Southampton captain Adam Lallana is a reported target for Kop boss Brendan Rodgers...
In-form midfielder Adam Lallana has been one of the Premier League's standout performers so far this season, helping Southampton to an impressive third place in the standings.
The 25-year-old is likely to be rewarded with a senior England debut in one of the two upcoming friendlies against Chile on Friday or Germany four days later.
Ironically his prospects of earning a first cap have been boosted by injury to fellow midfielder and Liverpool and Three Lions skipper Steven Gerrard.
Further personal reward could follow the international bow in the shape of a big money move to Anfield in January, if stories in the English media are to be believed.
The Daily Express, Daily Star and Metro have all connected Lallana with the Merseysiders over the past 24hours.
Lallana has so far spent his whole career at Southampton after initially joining the club's youth academy as a 12-year-old in 2000.
His debut came in 2006 and Lallana has remained loyal ever since despite the Hampshire based side going into administration in 2009 and spending two seasons languishing in League One.
With over 230 Southampton appearances now to his name and proven top-flight pedigree, it would be understandable if Lallana looked to further his career in the near future.
As for Liverpool, manager Brendan Rodgers has already gone on record with his intentions to strengthen when the window reopens and midfield is an area he could conceivably focus on.
Lallana is a central midfielder by trade but equally adept at playing out wide, as his performances in the Premier League over the past 15 months have demonstrated.
No price is quoted in any of the articles but a conservative estimate would probably put the players' current market value at around £8million.
Lallana is a very good player and I personally wouldn't be adverse to seeing him with a Liver Bird on his chest. The goal he scored against Hull City last weekend was exceptional and he manages to ally attacking intent with fantastic work rate and commitment. The main issue to prevent a move, other than Southampton's refusal to sell of course, could be the price; English talent always costs a premium and the Reds are still feeling the pain of poor previous investments in the likes of Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing. Given Gerrad's advancing years and the fact Victor Moses is only currently on loan, it is certainly conceivable that strengthening the midfield is on Rodgers' agenda. Hopefully along with bringing in another striker to offer options in the event something happens to either Daniel Sturridge or Luis Suarez.
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Date:Wednesday November 13 2013
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