Liverpool new-boy Adam Lallana has taken out a full page advertisement in a local newspaper to thank the Saints fans for their support.

Lallana completed his move to Anfield earlier in the week after spending 14 years at Southampton. He joined the Saints from Bournemouth at the age of 12 in 2000 and captained the club to an eighth place finish in the Premier League last season.

Lallana now joins his colleague Rickie Lambert, who moved to Liverpool earlier in the summer.

The England international said he was "excited" and "humbled" to join a club with the history of Liverpool. The midfielder said that he just couldn't turn down the chance of playing alongside his childhood idol Steven Gerrard.

Lallana hopes that everyone will understand why he decided to quit St Mary's for Anfield. The former Southampton captain was adored by the fans and he thanked them in a unique way. The midfielder took out a full page advert in Daily Echo to thank the supporters.

The advert read: "THANK YOU - 14 unforgettable years, the memories will last a lifetime. Thank you Saints fans for your endless support, a place in my heart forever."

Lallana advert

Meanwhile, Lallana becomes the latest Everton fan to switch allegiance to play for Liverpool club. He joins a long list of Anfield legends, who have supported the Toffees but played for the Reds.

Anfield Legends, Ian Rush, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler are a few in a longer list of players who switched sides during their career.

Carragher, who has played over 500 games for the Red half of Merseyside, says that as a kid, he was obsessed with Everton. He said he used to hope Everton win the division Merseyside Derby, even during his youth team days at Liverpool.

"I was a total Everton fanatic right through my childhood and teens," Carragher said, as quoted in the Daily Mail.

"Everton controlled my life and dominated my thoughts 24/7. I went to the away games, followed them across Europe and in the mid-80s went to Wembley so often it began to feel like Alton Towers.

"When I talk about that Everton team I still say 'we'. Even when I was playing for Liverpool reserves I'd want Everton's first team to win the derby every time," the former Liverpool defender added.