Liverpool playmaker Adam Lallana has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur - and he was certainly a fan of manager Mauricio Pochettino during their time together at Southampton, as quoted by The Sun.
Lallana, 28, joined Liverpool back in the summer of 2014, having hit 60 goals in 265 games for Southampton, but some would say he hasn't quite lived up to his billing so far.
The England international has been in and out of the Liverpool side since his arrival, but has contributed seven goals and seven assists this season having carved out a role under Jurgen Klopp.
However, reports from The Sun believe that, with Klopp looking to land German internationals Mario Gotze and Marco Reus, Lallana could be sold - and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen to reunite with the midfielder at White Hart Lane this summer.
Pochettino and Lallana worked together at Southampton and enjoyed quite the partnership on the South Coast, firing the Saints to an eighth placed finish in 2013-14.
With Spurs looking for more creativity in the final third, Lallana could be ideal for Tottenham - and it's fair to say that he was a fan of Argentinian Pochettino during their time together at Southampton.
Speaking to The Sun back in 2013, Lallana actually called Pochettino 'world class'; comments which would suggest that he would be keen on working with him again.
Lallana noted that Pochettino was passionate about his players, and his players were passionate about him, and raved about the family-like culture that Pochettino created at Southampton - something which also appears to be in place at Tottenham - and If Pochettino did come calling for Lallana this summer, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Lallana find it too hard to turn down.
"The manager is passionate about us and we are passionate about him," said Lallana. "We play for him. The way we run and want to get the ball back and are hungry – that’s what he wants us to do. Some people outside the club were saying, ‘Was it the right decision to change the manager?’ But then you didn’t hear much because people were really impressed with Mauricio."
"Look at the statements the club are making: the summer signings, the money they are spending, the training ground. And we have a world-class manager. The lads are thriving under Mauricio and his ideas. The Spanish/Argentinian culture he has brought in is really family orientated. You all feel as one," he added.
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