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Lallana airs European ambition

Adam Lallana, who is being linked with a move away from Southampton, admits that he has ambitions of gracing the UEFA Champions League.

Liverpool, who fell agonisingly short in their bid to take the Premier League title in 2013/14, are believed to have already tabled a big-money bid for Lallana.

They will be back at European football's top table next season and are looking to recruit accordingly.

Brendan Rodgers believes Lallana would be a useful addition, with the talented forward having shown that he is capable of competing at the very highest level.

Eye-catching displays for Southampton have earned him international recognition, and the 26-year-old will form part of England's plans at this summer's World Cup.

On his hopes for the future, Lallana said in the Daily Mirror: "I'm ambitious. I have aspirations to play in the Champions League.

"Ever since I've played international football, you realise there's that other level to play at. It would be great.

"I went to a couple of the Champions League games last year and the feeling you get, the buzz, it's an unbelievable atmosphere. It's definitely a goal of mine to play in the Champions League."

Were he to take that step up, Lallana would complete a remarkable rise which has taken him from League One to the upper reaches of the Premier League in the space of three years.

He added: "I feel I've come a long way, it's been a special season, not just for me, but for the club as a whole.

"A lot of the lads, especially with the England call-up, have been recognised, and a record points tally and finishing eighth with the squad we have was a remarkable achievement.

"Personally, just to contribute to that and getting my England call-up and obviously being in the World Cup squad is a dream come true. That has topped it all off.

"It's a combination of a lot of things but it's been thoroughly great to play for Southampton this year with a lot of the English lads."