Liverpool legend John Barnes has added his voice to those calling for Brendan Rodgers to up his bid to £30million in order to complete a deal for Southampton and England star Adam Lallana.
The former Reds midfielder told in no uncertain terms that he believed Lallana would be a “fantastic” signing for the club, and that he would be of use during next season’s Champions League campaign. This information comes courtesy of quotes relayed in the Daily Express, where Barnes played up the idea of Rodgers raising his offer from £25million to the required £30million Southampton are holding out for.
In recent days it’s become apparent that the two clubs have hit something of an obstacle with regards to the transfer of Lallana, as Liverpool aren’t willing to meet his current club’s valuation. Reports have suggested in the past that Rodgers has put formal offers in the for playmaker, but is refusing to play ball in terms of negotiations which would see him paying what he deems over the odds.
Barnes, however, might be of a different opinion. He told the Liverpool Echo: "They need more strength in depth.
“Especially in terms of the back four and defensive midfield players. You need a well rounded squad for the Champions League.
"I like Lallana and he can play a number of different roles. He can play behind a frontman, he can play wide, he can play central.
"Of course he's English which is good. Brendan is trying to implement this British thread throughout the team which I believe in.
"I think he would be a fantastic signing for Liverpool."
What’s more, it’s highly unlikely that the 50-year-old is alone in his hope that the Anfield outfit will land Lallana in the wake of a scintillating campaign at the St. Mary’s Stadium. The Saints skipper’s efforts not only earned him a spot in Roy Hodgson’s England World Cup squad, but also attracted considerable praise from pundits and fans alike.
Capable of playing in a number of positions in the attacking third, Lallana would be an astute addition as Rodgers looks to improve the depth and quality of his squad with next season’s European conquest in mind. The Northern Irishman is sure to know that the domestic games will be harder to deal with next year due to his team’s participation in the Champions League, and a surplus of talent may not be a bad thing to boast.
With the captures of Lallana’s former team-mate Rickie Lambert and Bayern Leverkusen star Emre Can set in stone, it’s clear that being caught short is not something that the Reds want to run the risk of. However the longer they resist meeting Southampton’s valuation of their most prized asset, the more chance there is that he could ultimately end up playing his football away from Merseyside.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for the 26-year-old in the past, and it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Louis van Gaal return to the chance if he is unsuccessful in his attempts to land the likes of Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos. The Liverpool faithful will undoubtedly be hoping a deal will be done well before that particular circumstance poses a problem.