Koeman’s Southampton Appointment Could See Lallana and Lovern Deals Progress

June 16, 2014 · by News Desk · News

Are things about to get interesting?

With Southampton putting a freeze on any incoming and outgoing transfers until a successor to newly departed boss Mauricio Pochettino is appointed, Liverpool have been left frustrated in their pursuit of Saint’s attacking midfielder Adam Lallana and defender Dejan Lovren — but that all could be coming to an end if former Feynoord manager Ronald Koeman takes up the hot seat at St. Mary’s stadium.

Memories of the Premier League season were still fresh in their mind when the Reds submitted a £20mil bid for the attack minded Englishman, and with the response from the South Coast side less than enthusiastic, they raised it an additional £5mil in an attempt to conclude the deal prior to the start of the World Cup. It goes without saying that this tactic didn’t do the trick, and although there’s been no official word on Lovren, the Croatian center half is known to have made his desire to leave Southampton known, but with the ban on transfers in effect, he’s been stymied in his efforts to open official talks with potential suitors.

Saint’s chairman Ralph Krueger confirmed that the vacant managerial position at St. Mary’s has attracted “huge interest” after Pochettino left for Spurs just under a month ago. With the “highest-quality managers” in Europe knocking on their door, Southampton appear to have selected Koeman as the successor to the popular Argentine and he’s expected to get down to work as soon as he’s officially installed as boss — which could very well be good news for Liverpool.

With the transfer freeze about to be lifted, the Anfield outfit could move quickly to re-open negotiations over both players. The Reds have made no secret of their desire to have Lallana join recent Southampton refugee Rickie Lambert on Merseyside and they also appear to be in pole position to bring in Lovren with boss Brendan Rodgers looking to shore up the defence ahead of what’s sure to be a gruelling campaign.

Whether or not Koeman, who lead Feyenoord to second place in the Eredivisie last season, will be able to convince either to stay — or, if he’ll want them too — remains to be seen. What is certain is that Southampton won’t be able to dodge our advances, or the players wishes, all summer.

  • jenny lallana

    Southampton are not selling…how many times before you get it?

  • eurosaint

    Or alternatively it could see the bids rejected, in a “Liverpool” style rejection, with both players going on to produce their best ever seasons in 2014/15.
    Of course, the extra £45m transfer money, could prove too tempting for Koeman, who could do quite a bit with the improved kitty of £99m. (£129m if Shaw goes as well!)

    It’s awesome knowing that Southampton hold all of the cards and are key to the success or failure of the so-called “big clubs”.

  • Les Gray

    What an arrogant person you are. You think your club has a divine right to pick up any players they want from Southampton without any resistance from the club that actually pays their wages. Still when Saurez is sold off you will be able to offer a bit more for players your team coverts.

  • hsv150

    good you can keep them.we need way better players than these 2.lambert suited a need,but we need world class proven players not 1 season wonders.but hope they can do a job for you and help push the saint on.Just not what we need and i hope liverpool football club see this also.

  • hsv150

    as a liverpool fan,i personally hope we say keep your players and we chase better quality.neither is up to the standard we need to take us to the next level.We need to try and win the title next season and go as far as possible in the champons league.Sorry but i cant see these two helping us acheive that.Dont get me wrong theyre both good players,just not what we need.so as far as i am concerned i hope you get to keep your players and they help you acheive your goals,and we bring in the worldclass players we need to help us acheive ours.

  • Oracle notices

    They are either good enough or they aint, make your mind up mush?

  • Oracle notices

    Obviously BR knows a little bit more about the game than you.

  • Les Gray

    And so Johnson, Gerrard and Henderson look terrific from Italy’s perspective on Saturday’s ‘walk the talk’ war cry from Gerrard. Do you actually think these three – granted Sturrage was good, are actually going to do it for Liverpool?

  • http://www.paisleygates.com/ Steven

    It is quite arrogant to think that one club’s interest in another clubs player could lead to a transfer.

    Where I said that we had some right to complete either of these deals, or that the Saints were in the wrong for refusing them, is lost on me.

  • http://www.paisleygates.com/ Steven

    Probably a few more. It’s going to be a long summer…

  • http://www.paisleygates.com/ Steven

    Southampton put in a quite a good shift last year. Exciting going forward, strong at the back and dangerous in the middle of the park. They certainly played much more attractive football than some of the teams that finished above them…

  • hsv150

    gerrard and henderson had a good season for liverpool,and johnson couldve done better.could care less how they play for england to be frank.hope england and uruguay both drop out of the world cup so our players can rest up before next season.i am not english by the way,just a mad crazy liverpool fan.As far as whether they will do it for liverpool,henderson definitely will,i think he will continue to improve,his improvement last season was second to none.gerrard needs solid competition for his new position and i would bring in william carvallho from sporting to compete with him and give him a rest when he needs it.Johnson is a hard one i have liked his play,but was poor last season,if he can recapture his form from previous seasons then yes he can do a job for us,if not then flanagan can be our right back with a quality strong left back brought in.

  • hsv150

    my opinion is they are good players,you dont play week in week out in a side that finishes top half of the premiership if youre not.Just not the quality liverpool need to win the league next season.clear enough for you mush?

  • hsv150

    i would hope he does buddy,otherwise we are in trouble.But i would say he knows way more than you too,and if you think these 2 players are what liverpool need to win the title and make an impression in the champions league youre kidding yourself,especially at the price saints want for them.Theres better players for the money who would be better suited to liverpool like firmino instead of lallana,if quotes are correct is half the money saints want for lallana and a better younger player with more scope for improvement.But thats just my opinion.

  • eurosaint

    So you’re claiming that a defender that was not only in the power 50 for last season, but was officially the best defender in the Premier League and 9th best in Europe, isn’t good enough for Liverpool? Really?!?

  • Daniel Rhodey

    I think what hsv150 is trying to say is that he, like most fans of the big clubs, has never actually seen a match involving clubs below (Southampton), doesn’t know who Dejan Lovren is because he doesn’t play for one of Europe’s elite clubs and doesn’t understand that he is in fact better than the options Liverpool currently have. I know that because I’ve seen him play every Southampton match this season but also watch matches with other clubs participating.

  • Daniel Rhodey

    On top of that given Southampton plays an almost identical formation and has a very similar style of play to that of Liverpool, Lovren would be a very good suit because he’s an excellent defender but also incredibly skilful on the ball for a defender and a good passer. Rodgers will have identified this but then who cares, maybe he is shit, and will therefore stay at Southampton.

  • Daniel Rhodey

    One season wonder like Sterling, Henderson, Sturridge? Or are you gonna give those guys another chance next season?

  • Daniel Rhodey

    Well put. Perhaps Koeman will even be allowed (by Liverpool) to have a chat to either of these players once he’s appointed in a bid to convince them to stay.. Just maybe. But then again, Adam Lallana stayed with Saints through two relegations, has rejected offers from Premier League clubs before, guided the club to back-to-back promotions, was handed the captaincy and promptly led them to eight position this year, garnering World Cup selection for England. Therefore it would be only natural for him to want to fuck Southampton over and leave as soon as he can.

  • Paul T

    Officially the best defender in the premier league? ha ha have you personally made that offical because he did not make the official Barclays team of the year which had Cahill & Kompany selected. Do your homework before coming on here and being put in your place foolish boy.

  • hsv150

    i have seen him play,he is a good player,but with the pricetag that southampton would place on him,we can find someone better,just like the lallana deal,now your club is wanting 30m pounds by reports in the media!really?and remind me how much rakitic was sold for to barcelona?and hes 5 times the player lallana is.Bottom line is i have seen many southampton games this season,and no way are these 2 players worth the money quoted in the media that southampton want for them.NO WAY!!!!!!

  • eurosaint

    As clearly stated, “Power 50″. Granted, it’s only based on actual statistics instead of votes like the team of the year, but apparently statistics based on performance count for quite a bit.
    So yes, officially based on statistics and his position in the power 50 (best performing 50 players in europe), the best defender in the Premier League and 9th best in Europe.
    Perhaps taking a leaf out of your own book and doing your homework (or reading the original comment) before you mock someone who has used facts in their query of another persons assessment of a player, would save you from making yourself look silly. Try brushing up on your football knowledge mate, it will help you with future comments. ;)

  • hsv150

    really?these 3 players are one season wonders?theyre all young and massive scope for improvement.how old is lallana i would suggest hes probably as good as hes going to get,whereas the 3 liverpool players you mention will only get better.What i am trying to say is that southampton are quoted in the media as wanting 30m pounds for lallana based on 1 good season in the premiership.at that money i hope liverpool tell you to keep him.

  • hsv150

    yes really!for the money your lot would want keep him.i think we are ok at centreback what we need are possibly 2 fullbacks and a solid defensive midfielder and someone i would like to see brought in to fill that role is william carvallho.

  • Wes Tender

    Lallana has had two decent seasons in the Premiership and is improving to the extent that he is now an England player. Lambert has only had two seasons in the Premiership too of course.
    It seems to me that Liverpool and Manchester United in particular wish to sign several of our players, which leads us to have the whip hand, especially as they are on long contracts and we don’t need to sell any of them to balance the books. We must be doing something very right to have produced players of this calibre and will continue to do so.Typically of clubs like yours, your fans think that you have a divine right to plunder the best players on the one hand, and on the other hand you don’t wish to pay the price demanded for them. Either put up or shut up. We’ll be quite happy to keep them and could end up beating you again at Anfield next season with them. Personally, I’m just waiting for Real Madrid to make the offer for Suarez that you can’t beat off.

  • hsv150

    noone has any divine right to buy other clubs best players,but 20m pounds is a fair price,not 30m like is being quoted at the moment.No way is he worth that for that money you can keep him,we can buy 2 quality players for that money.Question is would you like your club to pay 30m for lallana if he was at another club?i am guessing not.remind me again how you went at home to liverpool last season did you win?as far as the suarez comment goes just goes to show how idiotic you are,why would he want to leave?and if he does we will replace him,like we have done before.

  • Webby1892

    Hsv150. Are you sure your a liverpool fan cause these two would be great signings loven was one of the best centre halfs in the epl last year and llana is A class act good with both feet and scores a few aswell. They are both exactly what we need and I hope we get them both in ASAP

  • eurosaint

    I agree, with you about the Valuations. Lallana is only worth about £20m plus add-ons and Lovren only £15m plus add-ons, but the point is that Southampton have made it 100% crystal clear, for 2 seasons, reiterating before and during each transfer window, that they neither want or need to sell any of the regular players. So if a Club wants to try to tempt them to sell a player who is on a long contract and the club don’t need to sell, then they’ll have to meet with high expectations! The deal with Lambert was an exception, where Saints did him a massive favour, to honour what he’s given the club over the last 5 years. (that chance would never have come for him again).

    £30m plus add-ons for Lallana (you pay Bournemouth their 25% on top).
    £20m plus add-ons for Lovren.
    Meet those prices, and I’m sure Saints will accept. Don’t, and the players stay where they are and earn European football for Saints at the end of next Season. The only people who can possibly lose out if it doesn’t happen, is Liverpool. And in the meantime, Saints will still be spending a transfer kitty which is reportedly bigger than yours, without even selling a player! :)

  • hsv150

    How will liverpool lose out.think about what your saying.at 30m i would be chasing sanchez from barca.i would like lovren more than lallana because thats where we hav a bigger need but it has to b a fair price otherwise like i said i hope u get to keep them and we bring in the players we need to push us on.Oh by the way just who do you think you will replace in european places?remember all the teams above you will strengthen.i like your optimism though and theres probably 1or 2 teams i hope you finish above.

  • hsv150

    Yes i am and a mad one eyed one at that.i would like us to bring in the type of player the club told us they struggled to sign in the past due to a lack of champions league.i would take lovren at the right price but the lallana money can be spent on other younger better targets.like firmino or shaqiri.

  • samliverpuldian

    Agree , but why not got after greizemen max kruse we need men who can endure a whole season of champions legue eg. marcelo

Banner logo created with brushes by Kitster
© PaisleyGates.com 2008-infinity and beyond!