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Adam Lallana to Push for Liverpool Move

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With England's failed World Cup campaign nearly in the rear-view mirror, Adam Lallana is set to push for the move to Liverpool that's been in the works.

Richard Heathcote

You'd have to imagine that Adam Lallana has really enjoyed his World Cup stint with England. Predicted by many to be in the starting eleven as part of one of the more dynamic and exciting English squads in decades, Lallana instead started the first two matches on the bench, left out in favor of Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, neither of whom did anything particularly effective in losses to Italy and Uruguay. Rooney notched an assist and a goal, Welbeck worked awfully hard while producing little of note, and both conspired to render most of England's attacking moves worthless.

Which is a long way of saying that those concerned about Lallana's asking price being driven up during the World Cup can rest easy, as the Southampton man has logged barely half an hour of action as a substitute ahead of England's finale against Costa Rica. He's of course deserving of more, but under Roy Hodgson, that which makes sense is often ruled out immediately.

What hasn't been ruled out is a move to Liverpool for the Southampton midfielder, and with England's time in Brazil set to come to an end, Lallana is now expected to try to put the wheels in motion for a deal that will see him join Liverpool. The new wrinkle is that the club are willing to include Fabio Borini in the deal, which hasn't been mentioned to this point and would represent an escalation on the Liverpool end of things considering that the Italian forward could realistically command a fee similar to that which first brought him to Merseyside.