Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that the Reds are very close to making their third signing of the summer with everyone assuming that it will be Southampton’s Adam Lallana.

Sky Sports is expecting news of the move to break within the next 24-hours after the two clubs agreed to a fee of £25 million and when speaking to Sky Sports News Rodgers said: “I think there has been a lot of work that has been done.

“If you look at us as a club, we haven’t been resting over the course of the off-season, a lot of great work has gone on.

“We’ve targeted players, we’ve signed some and we’ll have more signings to come over the course of the pre-season. The idea is by the end of August we’ll have the squad together and it will be a really exciting time for us next season.

“Next season will be equally as tough, we knew it would be tough, we had an incredible performance level and we’ll have players who want to prove themselves and the beauty is that we as a club will improve too.

“We’ve a lot of young players who will have gained experience last season and we will bring in more players with added quality so we will also improve as well and that’s something I’m really looking forward to seeing.”

Asked if Lallana would be the next signing the Northern Irishman said: “I wouldn’t tell you.

“I would love to stand here and tell you… we still have signings to make to ensure we have the squad strength to cope.

“Obviously returning to the Champions League is fantastic for the club and for the supporters but we’re in four competitions next season and we want to do really well and that’s going to take a few more signings to bring in and as soon as we sign them you will know.”