Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has given an update on the situation of Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana.
Klopp has stated that he does not intend to play Lallana for the remainder of the Premier League season.
That is despite the fact that Lallana signed a contract extension to keep him at the club until the end of the season.
Klopp added that Lallana is departing the club on a free transfer come the end of the season, which is why the Englishman will not play for the remainder of the campaign.
An injury would ultimately impact Lallana’s chances of finding a new club.
As quoted by the Guardian, Klopp said: “It is clear Adam will leave the club in the summer, if the summer ever starts. I already miss everything about him. In this moment he is still here but we will miss him. He is one of the most influential players on the training quality I have ever had in my life. He is an incredible professional.
“But now we have a difficult situation and I will respect Adam a lot. Everything with Adam is sorted, let me say it like this. He is so fit, he is training, everything is fine, but the future is his future. And if we need his help on the pitch we can get it. He trains 100% but as long as we don’t need him, he will just train.”
Klopp added: “There were a lot of discussions about players without contracts. With him there was not even a discussion. It was clear Adam would extend his contract and he wanted to do that as well, but he will not put any risk on his future or whatever. That is absolutely clear. He is one of the most important players of the time since I am here so I wish him only the best for the future. From my point of view he is already a legend here, so he can become a legend somewhere else from next season.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
I wouldn’t mind seeing Lallana in a red shirt one more time, but I understand why that might not be the case.
Klopp is absolutely doing the right thing by the Englishman. I can’t see a club signing Lallana if he were to pick up an injury.
There would be no point in a club signing a player that would be heading straight for the rehabilitation centre.
Lallana is definitely leaving Liverpool on a high, as the club has just secured the Premier League title for the first time in 30 years.
At Anfield Watch, we wish Lallana the best.
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