The World Cup group stage is over, and many players have caught the eye with their impressive displays ahead of the transfer window.
Group D saw one of the shocks of the World Cup, as relative minnows Costa Rica beat both Uruguay and Italy to take top spot, whilst England crashed out with just one point. There were plenty of other incidents, none more publicised than Luis Suarez biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in another shocking act from the Liverpool star.
A number of players impressed in Brazil from Group D, with a host of unheralded Costa Rican players making names for themselves, but Liverpool should continue to pursue one of their primary targets – one of the players that ultimately couldn't help England get through the group stage.
The Reds are still looking to add attacking talent despite the likes of Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho playing key roles for Brendan Rodgers' men as Liverpool came desperately close to winning the Premier League title. Having missed out on the signings of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Willian, Mohamed Salah and Yevhen Konoplyanka over the past 12 months, Rodgers must now make sure he lands his top target.
That player appears to be Southampton playmaker Adam Lallana, who enjoyed a superb season with the Saints. He may have expected to feature more in Brazil than he did, as manager Roy Hodgson chose to play Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling instead – but that hasn't done anything to deter people from still rating the 26-year-old as one of the finest English players around.
That's an opinion seemingly shared by Rodgers, with reports on Friday suggesting that Lallana had travelled up to Merseyside to undergo a medical with the Reds ahead of a £25m move – but whilst that may seem like it's a done deal, Liverpool fans know better than to assume that Lallana will be playing at Anfield next season.
The recent transfer nightmares involving the aforementioned four players still hang over Rodgers as his pursuit for an attacking midfield player continues, and whilst Lallana didn't make the impact in Brazil that many expected him to, Liverpool must complete the deal this time.
A technically gifted playmaker who has made a name for himself with his dribbling skills and vision around the edge of the box, Lallana would provide more guile to combine with the pace of Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling to form what would promise to be the most dangerous attacking line-up in the Premier League.