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Southampton star Adam Lallana will become a key player for Liverpool if he ends up completing his proposed £25million switch after World Cup duties with England, according to Kop hero John Barnes.
Brendan Rodgers launched a bid for the England international before he flew to Brazil with the rest of Roy Hodgson's squad, and the Saints captain is expected to play a key part as the Three Lions look to compete against the world's greatest nations.
Southampton are determined to keep the talented playmaker at St Mary's, but know it will be difficult after seeing manager Mauricio Pochettino depart for Tottenham and Rickie Lambert link up with Liverpool.
With the future of stars including Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren and Victor Wanyama also in doubt, the odds of Lallana remaining on the south-coast look increasingly unlikely, and Anfield favourite Barnes reckons the 26-year-old would take the Premier League runners-up to the next level.
He said: "Lallana would be a fantastic signing, because you know what you are going to get with him. He is a great player.
"I am hoping that he can come [to Liverpool] but if he does not come, good luck to him and we [Liverpool] will move on."