Liverpool have made Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana their top target for the summer and are preparing to table a bid when the transfer window opens, according to Sky Sports.

Southampton's Player of the Year has scored nine goals and assisted six this season and is part of Brendan Rodgers' plans as they prepare for Europe after a five-year hiatus.

Steven Gerrard, Yaya Toure and Eden Hazard are the only midfielders to have scored more goals than him this season and his addition will be a major impetus to the Liverpool squad, which is brimming with attacking talent.

Rodgers is looking to seal a deal for the player before the World Cup, where an impressive performance can elevate his price and inhibit his move to Merseyside.

The former Swansea man wants to spruce up his attack, which already has the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling scoring goals.

The northern Irishman is also looking to strengthen their defence, which has been leaking goals away from home.

Liverpool's 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace was a testament to their vulnerability at the back. The Reds conceded three goals in 11 minutes and handed the advantage to Manchester City, who can win the title with a point against West Ham on the final day.

Meanwhile, Lallana has hinted that he can extend his stay with the Saints, stating that he has a deep relationship with the club.

"The club means the world to me. I've been here since I was 12 and I want to keep progressing with the club. I've got a great relationship with the fans. We've been on a journey, and this is the icing on the cake," Lallana said.

The midfielder was also voted the Player of the Year by his teammates and he took the opportunity to congratulate them for their achievement.

"I'm humbled to receive an award that's been voted for by the rest of the lads. [Rodriguez] had my vote tonight. If he's watching we're all grateful for what he did and we feel his pain," he said.