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Adam Lallana has transformed his Liverpool career and is becoming a key player for Liverpool

When Liverpool signed Adam Lallana back in the summer of 2014 eyebrows were raised at the 25million price tag that former boss Brendan Rodgers forked out. This was a player that had just two years experience in English footballs top flight division having played for Southampton for 8 seasons, playing in league one and the championship before Southampton were promoted to the Premier League in 2012.

Lallana was a key figure in Southampton earning back to back promotions from league one to the Premier League, he scored 8 goals in the season they were promoted to the championship from league one and scored 11 goals in the championship where they spent just the one season before reaching the so called ‘holy grail’ having fallen so far away from top level football for a number of years.

Lallana was a key figure to help Southampton get back to back promotions from league 1 to the Premier league

Lallana was a key figure to help Southampton get back to back promotions from league 1 to the Premier league

Lallana struggled to get to grips with the Premier League in the Saints first season back in the top flight and it wasn’t till the second season where he showcased his talents to the world, he scored a impressive 9 goals in the league for Southampton as they had achieved a top half of the table finish and he also got in the PFA shortlist for player of the season at the annual Premier League awards. Lallana was rewarded for his good season with a place in England’s 2014 World Cup campaign, and this prompted Liverpool to swiftly move in for him.

Lallana earned a move to Liverpool after a having a great season at Southampton

Lallana earned a move to Liverpool after a having a great season at Southampton

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Liverpool secure transfer of Dejan Lovren, full interview below

Confirmed lovrenDejan Lovren – Liverpool player. How does that sound?
It sounds amazing and it’s a dream come true. I’m happy and glad to be here; I’m proud and can’t wait to start.

What are you most looking forward to about playing for Liverpool?
I’m most looking forward to Anfield, of course. I played there last season in front of the crowd singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. That is something very special for every player, every sportsman and every fan. I can’t wait to get started.

What do you know about the club and its history?
I know we have millions and millions of supporters – Liverpool is more than a club.

You spent one season with Southampton – how do you reflect on that year at St Mary’s?
It was just one season and it was really short, but we had a great season with the team and it was amazing to play at St Mary’s. It was the first time I had played in England and I was proud to play for Southampton. I’ll take good memories from my time there.

When you meet up with your new teammates, there will be a couple of familiar faces in Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana – that must be a great feeling for you?
Yes, of course, but it’s not just Rickie or Adam, I also want to meet the other lads and I can’t wait to start with them. They are top players and top lads. Of course I know Adam and Rickie a lot better from last season – they are great players and they deserve to be here.

What do you think Rickie brings to this Liverpool team?
He has a lot of experience, has played a lot of games in the Premier League and the Championship also. Rickie scored a lot of important goals last season and I learned a lot of things from him. He was like a leader for us.

What can you tell us about Lallana?
I really enjoyed playing with Adam last season – it was amazing. He was the main player, playing all of the games. Like Rickie, he is a great leader, even though he is only 26. Now the dream has come true and we will get the chance to play together.

You scored just twice for Southampton, one of them the winner against Liverpool at Anfield last season. What did that moment mean to you?
It was an amazing moment for me because before and after the game I sensed the feeling and atmosphere around the stadium. I will never forget the victory we achieved and especially getting the goal. After the game, I said to myself: “One day I hope I’ll be able to play here for Liverpool.”

Apart from the goal, what else do you remember about playing at Anfield that day?
Jose Fonte, my defensive partner at Southampton, told me to listen to ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ before the first whistle and to enjoy the moment. It was really amazing – I had chills on my arms and it’s something that I will never forget. I want to listen to that song every other weekend.

What have you made of Brendan Rodgers’ plans for Liverpool, in this coming season and beyond?
We have spoken a little bit. Liverpool have already bought five players, so you can see the club has big ambitions to carry on and not stop here. Of course, I want to be part of the club’s ambitions.

What have you made of Liverpool’s playing style under the manager?
I like his style, it’s amazing and quite similar to Southampton. Their games last year were great, particularly the win at St Mary’s. Liverpool play amazing football so I can’t wait to join up with the team. It is a privilege to be here.

For anyone who may not have seen you play, how would you describe yourself as a footballer?
I’m a defender but I don’t really like to talk about my qualities, as I want to show them on the pitch. The fans will know from the first minute that I’m a player that will give 100 per cent on the pitch, who will really give everything for the lads.

This summer you played in your first World Cup with Croatia – what positives did you take from the experience?
It was an amazing experience for me as it was the first time I have been to the World Cup. I will never forget the opening game against Brazil; I don’t know how many billion people were watching! But I’m obviously disappointed that we were eliminated after three games. That said, I think we have a quality team and quality players, so hopefully in the future we will do better.

Back to here and now with Liverpool, what are your plans next? Are you going to join your new teammates in the USA?
Yes, hopefully my Visa will be completed on Monday, so I can travel on Tuesday. It’s important for every player that you are with the team in pre-season.

Finally, what is your message to Liverpool fans?
As I said, I’m a player that will give 100 per cent and I want to show that to the supporters because they deserve to see players who give 100 per cent. I know it is going to be something special to play in front of the fans at Anfield and I can’t wait.

 

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Liverpool’s Adam Lallana could be out injured for 6 weeks

Injured LallanaLiverpool have suffered a major blow to their preparations for the new season with the injury of new signing Adam Lallana, who could potentially be out for up to 6 weeks.

The England midfielder, who had signed for 23.5million from Southampton earlier in the summer, could potentially miss the first 3 games of the Barclays Premier League campaign, these games include a game against former club Southampton and two away trips to Manchester City and Tottenham.

Lallana is also likely to miss the start of England’s Euro qualifying campaign away to Switzerland. The 25-year-old was hurt during a training exercise on Thursday and Liverpool’s fears were realised following the results of the scan.

He has suffered a lateral collateral ligament damage, but does not require surgery which could have potentially put him out of action for 3 months.

Lallana was expected to make his Liverpool debut against Olympiacos on Sunday, but now may have to wait until after the season has started.

Have your say! How big a miss will Lallana be for Liverpool?

 

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Transfer Rumours: Liverpool add Jay Rodriguez to shortlist of attackers

Jay RodriguezThere are whispers on Merseyside that Liverpool have added Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez to their transfer list of attacking players.

The England international is currently out injured after recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate operation and is not able to play until October, two months into the new season.

Brendan Rodgers though would like the striker at Anfield to boost his teams striking options.

Liverpool have already raided Southampton for Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, and have also lodged a 20million bid for Saints defender Dejan Lovren which has been rejected.

Rodriguez is a terrific player but it is yet to be seen if he can recover from such a horrendous injury, having missed the World Cup for England due to injury.

Southampton are determined not to lose any more players after the departures of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw.

 

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Transfer News: Southampton demand Liverpool transfer target Lovren reports for pre-season

LovrenNew Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has demanded that Liverpool transfer target Dejan Lovren show up for pre-season, but admitted Lovren could be sold this summer.

The 25-year-old is prepared to go on strike to force through a move to Liverpool, after a 20million bid was rejected by Southampton.

Koeman has demanded that the Croatian defender joins his team on a team bonding trip to Holland and Belgium.

He said: “I have spoken to Dejan and I want to keep him. He has a contract. He knows he has to come back.

“Liverpool have a lot of money after the transfer of Luis Suarez and they will spend some money.

“I have to do everything to keep the best players but the decision is of the board.”

Last week, Lovren told a newspaper in his homeland that his ‘head was already at Liverpool’.

He said: “Liverpool sent the offer and the club haven’t informed me. Not even about the subsequent Liverpool bids. That wasn’t right. I found out about the bid from other people which disappointed me and I realised I’ve got no business staying at Southampton.

“Liverpool sent a £20m offer and Southampton paid nine million for me, so they would’ve earned twice the amount.

“They are now looking for £25m, but I don’t think they’ll get it. At this point, I don’t know what I’ll do and I don’t like it.

“It was unbelievable that a few days ago I had an offer of £20m. It was in the morning and by the afternoon the club had said I was not for sale.

“Frankly, my head is already at Liverpool.”

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Southampton reject 20million bid from Liverpool for Dejan Lovren

LovrenSouthampton have reportedly rejected a 20million bid for their star player Dejan Lovren, but the Croatian is set to force through a move away.

Liverpool have already signed Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana from Southampton, while Manchester United have signed Luke Shaw from the Saints as well.

Southampton are ready to stop a mass exodus continuing despite strong interest in Lovren.

Liverpool have opened the bidding with a 20million bid, according to some sources, which has been declined by Southampton who don’t want to lose their star defender.

Lovren is believed to have already handed in a transfer request and is willing to be a no-show for pre-season at Southampton in order to get the move he wants to Liverpool.

Lovren made 31 league appearances at Southampton last season scoring 2 goals, including a winning goal at Anfield, and was considered one of the best defenders in the league last season.

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Adam Lallana has finally signed for Liverpool, Here is his first full interview.

Adam, welcome to Liverpool Football Club…

Thank you very much. I’m over the moon for it to be sorted. I still can’t quite believe it. I just can’t wait to get started in pre-season and work with the team.

Can you describe your emotions right now?

Not really, no, it has not sunk in if I’m being honest. I’d like to thank everyone at Southampton for what they have done for me; I have been there for the best part of 14 years. I’m so excited for the next chapter of my career, coming to a special club like Liverpool. I’m quite humbled and I just can’t wait to get started.

After spending so much of your life on the south coast, how big a step is this for you?

It’s a huge step. Liverpool have got so much history and after the season they had last season, I can’t wait to get started and carry on and build on that. Champions League football is back; everyone is telling me that the atmosphere on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Anfield are something special. Lambert is up here already and he has been telling me all about it. It’s great that I can continue my career with him as well. That’s a special moment.

How much of a help is he going to be now you’re both here at Liverpool?

A massive help. I’ve spent the last four or five years with him. We’ve had great careers at Southampton and achieved something special, but we’re both thoroughly looking forward to the new challenge. It’s Rickie’s boyhood club and a club I can’t wait to be a part of.

Tell us what the thought process is when you find out that Liverpool Football Club are interested in you…

To start off with…if it’s true! There had been a lot of toing and froing and it had been a little bit longer than I’d anticipated, but it’s something I’m not quite used to. I’m grateful that Southampton accepted the offer in the end and granted my wish to play at such a fantastic football club, in Champions League football and competing for Premier League titles. I’ll probably get back started in pre-season within three weeks. I’ll have time to chill out with my family, go on holiday and take a break from it for a week or so. Then I’ll come back fully focused on the job in hand.

Who was the first person you spoke to about this move?

Probably my dad, my family and my wife. A lot of my close friends are Southampton fans, but they understand. They understand this is an opportunity that you just can’t turn down. At the age I’m at, 26 now, it’s just the right step. I’m sure most people will understand my decision.

You’ve had quite a rise in quite a short space of time – you’re now a Liverpool player, you’re an England international. Does it seem surreal? Does it sink in, how far you’ve come?

It doesn’t yet. To think, five or six years ago, I was playing in League One. But it’s a reality that we’ve climbed up the leagues and done so well. I’d like to think I’m here on merit, I think I’ve earned it. I just can’t wait to keep improving, playing with world-class players and a lot of England teammates as well, which I’m also looking forward to so much. It’s going to be a great new chapter in my life.

Do your ambitions as a player change now that you’re at a club like this?

They have to – it’s a huge club that wants to win titles again and compete in the Champions League. There are different targets to what a club like Southampton has, but I’m just going to be pushing to do the best I can.

What has the manager, Brendan Rodgers, said to you about how he sees you fitting into his Liverpool?

I can’t say I’ve had that chat in detail yet. But from what I have spoken to him, he seems like a top manager. Everyone compliments him massively and gives him great references. All of the lads at England said that if I did get the chance to work with him then it would help my career in huge ways. So I can’t wait to get started working with him.

How do you think your style and your game will complement what he already has here at Liverpool?

I hope it complements and I can bring something different to the team. People have said to me that there are similarities in the way Southampton and Liverpool play their football, and I hope that enables me to settle that much easier. I just can’t wait to start playing with the world-class players that are here – I’m only going to learn and get better.

Adam Lallana signs for Liverpool

Adam Lallana signs for Liverpool

Having watched Liverpool from afar and seeing the success Liverpool had last season, how much does that excite you to be part of it going forward?

Watching the run-in towards the end of last season was unbelievable, not just for myself but everyone involved in football. It got the hairs on the back of my neck standing up just watching them, and the style of football they were playing. Deep down, I was thinking to myself: hopefully one day I’ll be able to play in that team. That dream has become a reality now, so I can’t wait for that to get started.

You were part of one of the few sides to take points from Liverpool at Anfield. What was that experience like?

It was a great afternoon. Southampton weren’t expected to get anything from the game. I remember the game quite well; we won 1-0 and a few fans clapped us off the pitch. It shows what respectful fans Liverpool are and how great the fans are. To be playing for Liverpool now, with them behind me, is another reason why I can’t wait to get started.

This is a great moment for you, signing for this football club, but we know it has been a difficult few weeks with England in the World Cup. How do you overcome a disappointment like that to ensure you start your Liverpool career well?

Just keep working even harder. We did suffer disappointment; not just myself, all of the lads are disappointed, the whole country is disappointed. We need to rest now for a couple of weeks, recharge the batteries and then get back to doing what we love, that’s playing football. Hopefully we’ll have learned a lot from the experience and take what positives we can into the European Championship campaign.

Do you become stronger mentally from experiencing something like that?

Without a shadow of a doubt. I think you can only become stronger mentally.It’s a long way from home, in different conditions and a lot of people’s first major tournament. So it is good experience. We just have to learn quickly and hopefully improve and get better results next time.

You mentioned spending plenty of time with your new Liverpool teammates while you were over in Brazil. Did you ask them questions about this football club and what it’s like to be here?

I did and they were on to me about when it was getting sorted. I was running out of answers in the end because I thought the more I say ‘soon’ the longer it would take. During the World Cup I was fully focused on just playing for England, but I was eager for it to get sorted once I knew I was coming home. Just so I can switch off and rest and recover for a couple of weeks before we start pre-season.

How much can you still learn from someone like Steven Gerrard? You’ve had opportunities to spend time with him at international level, but here with your football club now, how much can you still learn from someone like him?

There’s no limit to what I can learn playing with him. I grew up watching him. My best mates, he’s their legend. For me to be playing alongside him, not just at England but at club level, is quite surreal really. They’re always asking me what he’s like. He’s got that aura around him. But I need to quickly get used to it because I’ll be playing with him week in, week out.

You’ll make him feel old saying you grew up watching him…

Well, I did, it’s just the fact and reality. He’s still such a good player and he can go on to play for numerous more years with the quality he possesses.

Your first official game for Liverpool could be against your former club Southampton. What do you anticipate that feeling will be like?

It would have been worse if it was at St Mary’s, I’m glad it’s at Anfield. But to be lining up against my teammates from last year just had to happen. It’s fate. Rickie and I spoke about it, and he said he could have bet his mortgage on it, he knew it was going to happen.

You’ve experienced Anfield as an opposition player. What will that feeling be like to run out with the home support behind you?

I can’t wait to experience it. Everyone says it has got a unique atmosphere; it’s a unique ground with a lot of history. I just can’t wait to get on the pitch with the fans behind me, rather than just the away fans.

Finally, what is your message to those Liverpool supporters?

Hopefully I can settle in quickly, and I will give it my best throughout the whole time I’m here. I hope I can add something to the team and hopefully we can win trophies while I’m here, because that’s why I’m here – for success.

 

 

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Lallana on verge of 25million move to Liverpool

LallanaLiverpool are on the brink of signing one of their top summer transfer targets this summer after agreeing a 25million fee for Adam Lallana.

The English international has had his heart set on a move to Liverpool at the end of the season, with it looking like his dream has come true after arriving at Melwood for a medical.

Liverpool had an opening bid of 20million rejected for the player and they subsequently put in a 25million bid, which was again rejected. Liverpool had struggled to agree a price as they would not budge of their own valuation of the player, and they were always wandering whether Southampton will budge of their 30million valuation for the player.

Talk of Lallana’s future was put on hold until the World Cup had finished for England, and after having been eliminated early, Liverpool have seemed to be able to tie up the deal quickly.

Liverpool are trying to complete their transfer business quickly, with the signings of Emre Can and Rickie Lambert already made to a squad that finished runners up last season.

 

 

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Adam Lallana to push through Liverpool move after leaving Brazil early with England

LallanaSouthampton playmaker Adam Lallana will try to push through a move to Liverpool now that England have been knocked out of the World Cup early.

Roy Hodgson’s team will be returning to England after Tuesdays match with Costa Rica, having lost to both Italy and Uruguay. Lallana will reiterate to Southampton officials that he feels now is the time to leave.

Given his long association with Southampton he is reluctant to hand in a formal transfer request, but with Southampton and Liverpool struggling to agree a move then the 26-year-old may have to hand in the transfer request.

Liverpool have had a 25million bid for lallana rejected with Southampton playing hardball over their star player, with Bournemouth getting 25% of any fee that is agreed for Lallana.

Lallana does not want to leave Southampton on bad terms due to his longstanding stay there, but he believes now is the right time to move on.

Southampton are holding out for 30million from Liverpool, but the Merseyside club will be willing to let Fabio Borini go to Southampton as a makeweight for Lallana.

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Liverpool to wait until after the World Cup to seal Lallana deal

LallanaLiverpool have told Southampton star Adam Lallana that he remains there top summer target and our willing to wait until the World Cup is over to seal the deal, with Lallana desperate to move to Liverpool.

The Merseyside giants want Lallana to force through a move to Liverpool this summer, but understand that he has to concentrate on the World Cup with England right now.

Liverpool are not willing to budge from their 25million take-it-or-leave-it deal, even if Southampton want 30million for their captain.

The 26-year-old is desperate to move to Liverpool and is expected to hand in a formal transfer request to Southampton, who he has already told he wants to join Liverpool to challenge for trophy’s and play in the Champions League.

Lallana could even refuse to play in Southampton’s pre-season matches if the South Coast club refuse to speak with Liverpool.

Now though Lallana is concentrating on the World Cup as England continue their preparations in Miami, before travelling to Rio next week.

Lallana has four years left on his deal and they sit in a good position regarding any transfer for their captain, although if Lallana is sold Southampton owe Bournemouth 25 per-cent of the transfer fee, which has complicated the deal.

Lallana scored 9 goals last season and claimed 8 assists, as Southampton finished eighth. With the 26-year-old being included in the England squad for the World Cup.

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