Liverpool appear to be reaching the end of their tether with regards to the pursuit of Adam Lallana, with reports over the weekend suggesting that the club have tabled a final £25 million offer for the Southampton captain.
The Reds' pursuit of the England international has been well-publicised, with The Daily Star claiming that they have made this bid after seeing an initial £20 million for Lallana rejected by the South Coast club earlier this month.
26-year-old Lallana - who travelled with the senior England squad to Miami yesterday as the Three Lions continue their preparations for this summer's World Cup - enjoyed a quite superb 2013/14 campaign with Southampton, performing a starring role alongside the likes of Luke Shaw and Rickie Lambert as the Saints secured a strong eighth-placed finish in their only full season under the management of Mauricio Pochettino.
While Liverpool's apparent interest in Lallana was reported while Pochettino was still the manager at St. Mary's, the Argentine's disappointing defection to Tottenham - where he will succeed Tim Sherwood - has only served to heighten speculation surrounding the potential exits of a number of Southampton's most influential players.
Indeed Tottenham themselves have been unsurprisingly linked with a swoop of their own for Lallana in the immediate aftermath of Pochettino's appointment at White Hart Lane, with the two men clearly having built up a positive rapport during such a prosperous spell at Southampton.
Liverpool - who confirmed a deal to sign Lallana's former teammate Rickie Lambert earlier today - will be hoping that their guaranteed place in the group stages of next season's Champions League is enough to convince Lallana that Anfield is the more attractive transfer destination in the event that his current employers are indeed convinced to sell.