Adam Lallana
Southampton's Adam Lallana celebrating his goal against Tottenham.Reuters file

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has branded the club's newly signed English midfielder Adam Lallana as one of the top talents in the Premier League.

Lallana has signed a long term contract with the Reds for a reported fee of around £25 million and become the second player from Southampton, after striker Rickie Lambert, to join Anfield this summer.

Rodgers feels the 26-year-old is a right addition to his squad as Liverpool is looking to go one place better in the upcoming season, after finishing second behind Manchester City in the Premier League last term.

"We are delighted to have secured the services of one of the Premier League's top talents in signing Adam Lallana," Rodgers stated. "What is apparent about Adam is that his character is on a par with his talent."

"He is an exceptional young man and someone who has a love for the game - and, most importantly, a desire to progress and improve. Adam is motivated by being the best he can be and being part of something special. We believe he fits right in with what we are trying to do at Liverpool."

The English international spent 14 years with the Saints, after joining their academy back in 2000, and represented them in three different divisions. He was also included in 2013/14 Premier League Team of the Year, after his impressive performances which led Southampton to eighth position in the league.

Lallana, who found a place in Roy Hodgson's Three Lions squad for the 2014 World Cup, will now look to cement his place at Liverpool. And Rodgers believes the Southampton product has what it takes to succeed at the Merseyside club.

"We have seen over the past two seasons he has a tactical awareness to adapt to what is required of him and to put the team above his personal ambitions," the manager said.

"Adam is aware there will be great competition for places at this club and he is hungry to improve further. We are confident he will fit perfectly with the culture we have at Liverpool.

"He has leadership skills and personal qualities that make him a special commodity and I am delighted we have acted decisively to make sure he is wearing a Liverpool shirt next season. I'm excited about working with Adam and helping him to progress even further."