Lallana spurns claims he forced move to Liverpool

After reports suggested Adam Lallana refused to play for former club Southampton in order to get his move to Liverpool the player has hit out at claims he describes as “completely false”, Sky Sports has reported.

Lallana had spent 14 years with the Saints – playing a key role in their promotion from League One straight to the Premier League, whilst himself growing into a much coveted player with numerous quality performances.

In total the midfielder made 265 appearances for his former club and scored 60 goals.

He captained the club to an eighth place finish last season that saw him called up to the England squad and eventually earn a £25m move to Anfield.

In a somewhat unusual move the 26-year-old took out a full page advert in the local newspaper to thank fans for their support – although this has been overshadowed by the claims made against him.

He said: “I never, ever wanted anything to get messy, if that’s what happened.

“I didn’t say I’d never play for the club again. Once I knew of Liverpool’s interest, I asked the club if they could come to an agreement and that it would be my wish to leave and join Liverpool. I make no secret of that, I’m an ambitious person.

“I just felt at the age I was at in my career and with Mauricio (Pochettino) leaving as well, it was (the) right time for me to test myself. It was a great opportunity.

“It’s sad and I am disappointed that certain fans feel like that, but I can kind of understand why. They love Southampton, they are Southampton fans.”

Lallana stated that he will always love Southampton after his time there and while he understood the move may leave some fans bitter towards him, hopes the record has now been set straight.

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