Liverpool Transfer News: The Reds Must Do Whatever It Takes to Get Adam Lallana

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIJune 19, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30:  Adam Lallana of England looks on during the international friendly match between England and Peru at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Maybe the third time will be the charm in Liverpool's pursuit of midfielder Adam Lallana.

Having already seen bids of £20million and then £23million rejected by Southampton, Lallana's current club, the Reds are set to make one final bid to bring in their man.

Jamie Sanderson of Metro reported the latest development:

Brendan Rodgers has a list of alternatives if a deal can’t be agreed, including Xherdan Shaqiri and Max Meyer, but he is preparing one final attempt to lure Lallana.

According to reports, the offer will be about £26million, with the majority of the cash set to be paid up front.

Southampton are reportedly looking for a bid around £30million because they have to pay 25 percent of the transfer fee to Bournemouth (his former club), but it doesn't appear as if the Reds can handle that type of financial commitment.

If they can fit it into the budget, then Liverpool must bid that amount of money. Lallana is a player whom the Reds need.

Rodgers realizes this, as Mike Whalley of ESPN FC reports that the Liverpool coach is "refusing to give up" in regards to his pursuit of the midfielder.

Liverpool have already brought in a former Saint, having paid a £4million transfer fee for Rickie Lambert.

Lambert would help Lallana, his fellow Englishman, adapt to life with his new club. The two can handle the pressures together, rather than individually. This creates a perfect situation for Liverpool, a surprising team last season, who need a little more offensive potency.

At 26 years old, Lallana should be nearing his peak. Already in his prime, Lallana is a valuable attacking midfielder. Bournemouth was a good stepping stone for him, as he has now proven himself as one of the top midfielders in the entire Premier League.

The next logical step for him is a move to an even better club. Liverpool, a far better club than Southampton, could allow Lallana to reach his maximum potential. 

The fit is undeniable. Lallana can play anywhere across the midfield and even behind the striker. That type of versatility is an ideal fit in Rodgers' system, as the coach values players who can do multiple things on the pitch.

Lallana would improve the Reds offensive attack by giving them a guy who can execute a perfect pass from midfield to set a teammate up in the box. He himself is also a capable player in the box, as he knows when to step in late and score.

Everything about Lallana is rightfully appealing to Liverpool. The Reds will get a young star who has honed his craft at lower levels and is now fine-tuning it in Brazil with England. Training with top-notch talent will only expedite his rise to greatness.

If Liverpool can scrape together the money Southampton requests, then the bid must be made. Lallana is a player who can take the Reds to another level.