Is this Adam Lallana's hint that Liverpool won't prioritise the top four?

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The Reds midfielder might be suggesting that silverware is more important than a top-four finish this season.

While giving a simple interview recently, Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana may have given away something rather less straightforward.

Indeed, the former Southampton man was discussing whether Liverpool could still finish in the top four of the Premier League this season. Except his words - and the way he said them - seemed to give away a lack of hope and a palpable frustration.

When asked if the top four was still the Reds' target, Lallana hesitated and sounded downbeat.

He said it is still possible but did not for a second sound as though he believed it.

Moments later, however, the 26-year-old sounded much more upbeat when discussing 'silverware.' Has Lallana, then, given away the fact that Brendan Rodgers is now prioritising winning a trophy over achieving a very difficult-looking top-four finish?

"We still think we can finish in the top four [said after a hesitant pause] and I think that would be a remarkable achievement considering we've been in the Champions League," Lallana told BBC programme Football Focus.

"But we don't want to look that far and we want to get back to winning ways. With a game against Crystal Palace it's a great chance for us to get three points and start a run.

"(Silverware) should be the target for us. We want to pick up a trophy and the manager said that he felt that since he's come in the team has improved but still without winning a trophy. That's definitely the target."

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