Liverpool signs Adam Lallana from Southampton

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 1, 2014 at 8:35 am •  Published: July 1, 2014
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LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool completed the signing of England midfielder Adam Lallana from Southampton on Tuesday.

Lallana, who is believed to have signed a five-year deal, underwent a medical at Liverpool's training ground on Friday after Southampton accepted a reported £25 million ($43 million) bid.

"I'm so excited for the next chapter of my career, coming to a special club like Liverpool," Lallana said in an interview with the official team website. "I'm quite humbled and I just can't wait to get started.

"Hopefully I can settle in quickly, and I will give it my best throughout the whole time I'm here. I hope I can add something to the team and hopefully we can win trophies while I'm here, because that's why I'm here — for success."

Lallana impressed last season with Southampton, with nine goals and six assists earning him a place on the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.

The 26-year-old was also part of England's World Cup squad and featured in all three matches in Brazil before the disappointing group stage exit.

Lallana, who has chosen the No. 20 jersey, will now go on holiday before joining his new teammates for pre-season training in about three weeks.

There will be a familiar face around as former Southampton teammate Rickie Lambert was signed by Liverpool last month.

"It's great that I can continue my career with him as well. That's a special moment," Lallana said. "(It's) a massive help. I've spent the last four or five years with him.

"We've had great careers at Southampton and achieved something special, but we're both thoroughly looking forward to the new challenge. It's Rickie's boyhood club and a club I can't wait to be a part of."

Liverpool missed out on its first league title in 24 years last season, finishing second to Manchester City by two points following a thrilling finale.

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