Reports continue to link Southampton captain Adam Lallana to Liverpool today, with Sky Sports sources insisting the England man is the Anfield club's number one target for the transfer window.
Lallana won a place in the PFA team of the year this season, and was recently honoured with a mammoth FOUR awards by the Saints at the end of season bash. The midfielder won Players' Player of the Year, Supporters' Player of the Year, away fans Player of the Year and also goal of the season, for is superb strike against Hull in November.
Such accolades are only likely to increase both the price Southampton would demand from any potential suitors, as well as the ferocity with which such clubs would employ to acquire him.
It is for that reason that Liverpool boss Rodgers is seeking to tie up a deal for the playmaker before Lallana departs to Brazil, with it increasingly likely that he will feature prominently in England's World Cup campaign. The 25-year-old has hit a superb 10 goals this season for the South Coast club, and will be hoping to get the chance to take such form on to the international stage.
Upon receiving his awards, Lallana actually hinted at staying at the club, waxing lyrical about his relationship with a side he has been at since he was a boy.
"The club means the world to me. I’ve been here since I was 12 and I want to keep progressing with the club," he said.
"I’ve got a great relationship with the fans. We’ve been on a journey, and this is the icing on the cake."