.Liverpool have identified Southampton captain Adam Lallana as the man capable of boosting their chances of achieving qualification for the Champions League, reports suggest.
The 25-year-old, whose excellent form this season has been rewarded with a call up to Roy Hodgson's England squad for friendly games with Chile and Germany, has now appeared on Brendan Rodgers' radar as he seeks to add greater depth to their attacking midfield options, according to the Metro.
The former Swansea City manager currently has Philippe Coutinho and Victor Moses vying for a space in behind the partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge at the forefront of his attack, but will reportedly seek to add another option in the form of Saints star Lallana when the transfer window reopens.
The Reds were linked with an ambitious move for Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan during the summer transfer window before the 24-year-old opted to sign for Borussia Dortmund, while Liverpool also found themselves in the mix for Brazilian attacking midfielder Willian before he eventually settled for Chelsea.
Rodgers' side would eventually seal a deadline day move for Chelsea's Victor Moses on a season long loan, but with Spanish attackers Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto having failed to have an immediate impact on Anfield, the manager could be keen to add to his numbers.
Southampton's impressive rise up the league this season has coincided with Lallana's excellent form, as he has started in all of his club's 11 Premier League outings so far this season, contributing three goals and two assists in the process.
And after impressing domestically, the attacker now has the chance to impress on the international stage for the first time.
"Every footballer in the whole Premier League would love to go to the World Cup," he said. 'It is what dreams are made of, it's the pinnacle, so it'd be silly to say anything else really.
I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself. I'm just going to go away with England and enjoy it.
'Enjoy training, playing with the best players, not just in England, but in Europe and the world, and if anything comes off that then it does.
'When we come back we've got two massive performances that we'll put in against two of the big boys (Arsenal and Chelsea). It could be a top-of-the-table clash."