Liverpool have completed the £25million signing of Adam Lallana from Southampton. The England international becomes Brendan Rodger's third summer signing following the additions of Lallana's Southampton team mate Rickie Lambert and Bayer Leverkusen's Emre Can as Rodgers builds his squad ready for their return to the Champions League.
Lallana, part of England's 2014 World Cup squad, can play in a variety of advanced midfield positions and will add both quality and versatility to a Liverpool squad who will be looking to one better than last seasons 2nd place Premier League finish.
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The move caps a rapid rise for the 26-year-old who was part of the Southampton squad who earned back to back promotions from League One to the Premier League in 2010/11 and 2011/12. After impressing at top-flight level, Lallana was nominated for the 2013/14 PFA Player of The Year award alongside new team mates captain Steven Gerrard and eventual winner Luis Suarez.
Huge sell-on fee
The new Liverpool number 20 began his career at Bournemouth, where he was spotted by scouts at Southampton and brought to their academy aged 12. Bournemouth will now be in line for a financial wind-fall, having agreed a 25% sell on clause in the deal that took Lallana to Southampton.
New Southampton manager Ronald Koeman will now be looking to strengthen his squad after the sales of Lallana and Lambert and fellow key player Luke Shaw to Manchester United.
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