Liverpool suffered huge blow in race for 24-year-old African midfielder

Mario Lemina has said that he is only focused on trying to keep his side in the Premier League rather than speculation his next move. Southampton key man is currently nearing the end of his first season at St Mary’s but the future of the African remains unclear, with the south coast outfit sitting in the bottom three of England’s top flight.

However, despite suggestions that the Reds may be interested in his signature, Lemina wants to concentrate on ensuring that Southampton remain in the top flight. The 24-year-old is quoted by the Daily Echo as saying: “The club have given me everything to perform and I need to give back with all my heart to win the last three games.

“When you join a team I don’t think you can expect to try to fight to save yourself. After everyone can make a decision to stay or leave. This is not my problem, my only problem is to win the last few games and save the team. We have to save the club because it deserves to stay in the Premier League.”

Mario Lemina has 19 starts and five substitute outings in the Premier League.