Liverpool fear United bid for Lallana before FIFA World Cup 2014

Liverpool fears a late bid by arch rivals Manchester United to the signing of Southampton Adam Lallana.

Manchester United was linked with a move for the 26 year old England international during the January transfer window but that move didn’t materialize and it seems they still retain their interest in the former Bournemouth man who has been selected by England manager Roy Hodgson in the England team for the FIFA World Cup 2014.

The Reds have already tabled a bid of £ 20 million for the midfielder while Southampton want at least £ 30 million for him and the Merseyside club fears they will not be able to compete with the financial power of the deposed champions if they decided to flex their muscle in the transfer window.

United are expected to go all out in this summer’s window after missing out on several key targets last summer and with the FIFA World Cup 2014 around the corner, they want to wrap up their deals quickly as well.

A bid for 18 year old Southampton left back who will join Saints teammates Rickie Lambert and Lallana and the plane to Brazil in the region of £ 27 million is already being mooted and if they offered a combined fee of £ 55 for both Shaw and Lallana, that would blow Liverpool out of the water.

Roy Hodgson has urged clubs to finish their transfer dealings before the FIFA World Cup 2014 so that players can play with an open mind in the tournament. But for Liverpool to do that, they will have to release as many as twelve players to free up the cash needed to strengthen the side that finished a close second to Manchester City in the Premier League and that gives United the edge in the transfer tussle.

BOLTON STAYING UP

Bolton Wanderers have managed to secure another season of championship football after the club managed to raise the game in the last few weeks of the campaign. Due to the growing concerns about the financial situation of the club, it was very important that Bolton stayed in the championship if they did not get promoted to the Premier league.

After managing this achievement, manager Dougie Freedman has stated that he has already started looking at next season. Bolton will once again be the favourites to get promoted at least to the play-offs due to the experience that they have in the team. Continue reading BOLTON STAYING UP

PRESSURE ON LIVERPOOL

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has said that all the pressure is right now on Liverpool’s shoulders after they kept their position at the top of the table following their 3-2 win over Manchester City. Liverpool came into the match after having performed well against the top teams this season. However, they had earlier lost against city at the Etihad stadium. Another loss would have been very difficult to take for Liverpool and Steven Gerrard, who have been trying to win the league title for several years now. However, this win puts them in a position where they can almost smell the title.

Cech, who has won three league titles with Chelsea in the past, says that nothing has been decided yet and that the blues could still win the league. However, he says that there is almost no pressure on Chelsea because they are second in the table and they need to depend upon the results from teams like city and Liverpool in order to win the title. Chelsea will be the visitors to Anfield in the next home match for Liverpool. The blues need to get a win in order to keep their hopes alive.

City, who are third in the table also have a chance, since they have two matches in hand.

“No-one expected anything from Liverpool and they are in contention and that is why they play without pressure so far, but let’s see how they are going to cope when it comes to the last hurdle. They will have to jump over it and they have been doing remarkably well. We have things in our hands. We need to wait for one slip-up from Manchester City, but if we win our games we have a chance,” said the goalkeeper, who is widely expected to be replaced by Thibaut Courtois in the summer.