It seems that Liverpool have made Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana their number one target for this summer as they prepare for life back in the Champions League, and they will look to mount another challenge for their first league title since 1990.
It is reported that £25m could be enough to land the England international, who will be travelling to Brazil to represent his country at this summer's World Cup. So, what could the 26-year-old bring to the Liverpool side?
Well, the fact he has been recognised at international level shows that he does have quality. He has good technical ability, can pick a pass and can get in amongst the goals - having found the net on nine occasions this season.
One of the things that Brendan Rodgers will have bemoaned this season is the lack of options he could bring off the bench. This is not to say that Lallana will be on the bench every game, but Liverpool would then have that extra option to introduce into the action in the final third.
The likelihood is that he would probably play at the head of the diamond if the Reds choose to stick with that system in the main from next season. However, Lallana has looked comfortable when he’s dropped off into the flanks and looks as if he can operate on the odd occasion in wide positions to a pretty good standard.
Daniel Sturridge’s goal for England against Denmark was an example of him picking the ball up 20 yards away from the striker and managing to find the delivery that could produce a scoring opportunity – and Liverpool fans might point to that as a potential relationship that could blossom if he were to end up at Anfield next season.
If Lallana were a regular starter then it would mean at least one of Philippe Coutinho or Raheem Sterling would be on the bench, which at least gives the side another option if they feel the need to change the game in their favour.
|Team||Pos||Total Sub Off||Apps||Mins|
|Marouane Chamakh||Crystal Palace||FW||19||32||2,308|
There could be one thing that may concern Liverpool fans. Lallana is the joint highest substituted player in the Premier League this season. It could be down to his fitness or it could be down to tactical changes from Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino, but that remains to be seen if the situation is similar if and when he arrives at Anfield.
Though the interesting thing on that list is that Philippe Coutinho has been substituted on nearly as many occasions as Lallana. They have their differences in terms of the way they play, they can operate in the same role and perhaps Brendan Rodgers envisages them sharing the workload.
Overall, he certainly gives Liverpool options, and if the coaching staff think he can add something to the side he could turn out to be a very shrewd signing as the Reds look to kick on from an excellent campaign.