By Kevin Koczwara
The Adam Lallana saga continues to roll on. Reports say that the Southampton midfielder has told the club he wants to leave St. Mary’s for a new challenge, which presumably means he wants to jump ship and join Liverpool after the World Cup.
Liverpool made a ‘take it or leave it’ offer last week of £25 million last week and it seems like the 27-year-old midfielder is keen on trying to force a move to Anfield.
According to the BBC, Lallana told Southampton he would like to leave this summer, but he has not put in a formal transfer request yet.
Southampton’s board said that it did not need to sell players and the club is not interested in moving players until a replacement is found for Mauricio Pochettino, who left to manage Tottenham after guiding the Saints to an eighth place finish in the Premier League last season.
Lallana scored nine goals in 38 Premier League appearances in 2013-14 and his performances earned him a spot on Roy Hodgson’s England squad headed to Brazil for the World Cup. He will join up with six other Liverpool players in the England squad, including his former Saints teammate Rickie Lambert, who made the switch from Southampton to Anfield over the weekend.
Brendan Rodgers has been after Lallana all summer. He thinks the versatile midfielder will add to his team’s ability to break down team int he final third and add more goals to an already potent attack that scored 101 goals in the Premier League last season. With the added pressure of Champions League games, Rodgers needs more options than the small squad he used last season to keep players fresh. Lallana fits the profile of player Rodgers has been after during his time with the club — versatile, technically skilled, hard-working, determined and full of leadership qualities.
There are reports that Liverpool has back up options in place if their move to sign Lallana does not work.