LIVERPOOL have reportedly wasted no time tabling a bid for Saints skipper Adam Lallana once the summer transfer window had opened.
Saints chairman Ralph Krueger yesterday tea-time insisted the club had received no bids for any of their players or any approaches for manager Mauricio Pochettino.
But last night it was being reported that Manchester United were making a £27m bid for England left back Luke Shaw.
And this morning it is also being reported that Liverpool, fresh from finishing runners-up in the Premier League and therefore able to offer Champions League football, have made an official bid for Lallana.
The St Mary's skipper, speaking in yesterday's matchday programme for the visit of Manchester United, said his emotional speech at Saints' presentation evening last Tuesday did not indicate "this is the end by any means".
Lallana and Shaw are the two current Saints players on the longest contracts of any first team squad members - both have deals taking them through to the summer of 2018.
The summer transfer window opened at midnight last night and runs until the end of August.
Krueger yesterday said: "Any decisions that we take this summer will be made in the best interests of the Saints."