Liverpool want Lallana before World Cup

Liverpool are reportedly eager to sign Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana before the World Cup gets underway, ESPN has reported.

The Reds are said to have offered £20m for the England international. Lallana is expected to be part of Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad to go to Brazil with the travelling party to be named on Monday.

Lallana is coming off a season that has seen him break into the England set-up and win a number of individual awards at Southampton’s end of season dinner.

The World Cup begins on June 12 and reports claim Brendan Rodgers wants Lallana signed and sealed before then. Manchester United are also said to be interested in the 25-year-old who has been at Southampton his entire career bar a brief loan at Bournemouth in 2007.

Lallana has made 41 appearances this season for the Saints, scoring 10 goals, as well as making three appearances for the national team.

With one game to play Southampton are eighth in the table, six points clear of ninth-place Newcastle but eight points behind Manchester United, who are seventh.

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