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Ahead of England’s World Cup opening game against Italy, both supporters and pundits alike have urged Roy Hodgson to adopt the same cavalier approach that took Liverpool within a whisker of a first league title since 1991.

With Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge likely to start, England could count on the same combination that thrilled Liverpool fans last season, as the three players combined to deliver 43 goals and 25 assists between them in the Premier League.

Regardless of how England will perform in Brazil, however, Liverpool’s influence in Hodgson’s squad could become even greater were the Reds to be successful in their pursuit of Adam Lallana, with the Southampton playmaker subject of a £25m bid by the Premier League’s runners-up.

Lallana enjoyed an outstanding season with Southampton, scoring nine goals and assisting a further six in 37 league games and forcing his way into the frame for the World Cup thanks to some outstanding performances which caught the eye of many Premier League clubs.

Rodgers’ interest in the 26-year-old is perfectly understandable, given Lallana represents the prototype of the modern, ball-playing, midfielder that the Liverpool man prefers.

With Gerrard deployed in front of the back four in a deeper role alongside Jordan Henderson and Sterling and Philippe Coutinho out wide Liverpool took their opponents by storm last season and Lallana’s versatility would make him a perfect fit for Rodgers’ system.

Last season Lallana played 10 games as the right attacking midfielder in Southampton’s 4-2-3-1 and spent the same amount of matches on the left side of Mauricio Pochettino’s trio of attacking midfielders, while he was deployed in a number 10 position for nine of his 37 league appearances.

With Southampton still looking for Mauricio Pochettino’s replacement, Saints fans might well have to brace themselves for a summer exodus.

Rickie Lambert has already completed his move to Liverpool, while Luke Shaw firmly on the radar of both Manchester United and Chelsea but Lallana’s departure could be the hits the Saints the hardest, given how pivotal the playmaker has been for the South Coast club in the last three years.

 

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  1. sunday fred says:

    liverpool should sign good defenders

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