Liverpool are considering allowing Adam Lallana to run his contract down and then leave on a free transfer. The 31-year-old’s deal expires in the summer but the Reds have the option to extend it by a further year.
Taking up that option now may make sense as the Reds could then command a fee for him, should they opt to sell him in the future. However, club insiders are discussing whether or not they should just let him go due to the number of injury problems that he’s had. He’s only made one start in the League Cup this season but he has been a regular in Jürgen Klopp’s match-day squads.
Lallana and his agent are due to sit down with Liverpool chiefs to discuss his future ahead of the January transfer window. The suggestion, though, is that he won’t be allowed to leave in January even if a cash bid comes in for him. Although as he’s fallen down the pecking order at the club, we’re not so sure that would be the case. Jürgen Klopp always makes a point of stating the importance of retaining as many players as possible due to the number of fixtures that come up throughout the season. The Reds don’t look to be in a rush to tie him down but they also don’t appear to be in a rush to move him out either.
Speaking back in June about his future, Lallana said: “I couldn’t be happier here, winning Champions Leagues.
“I know my ability and I know what I can give and the gaffer and his staff and the recruitment guys have all made it clear they know I have a big part to play it what’s to come next, so I’m buzzing with that.
“No question my future is here and I can’t wait for what’s next.”
Lallana, who turns 32 in May, was signed from Southampton in July 2014 for £25million. He had just been named Southampton Players’ Player and Fans’ Player of the year so they were naturally disappointed to lose him.
Only a few weeks after completing his transfer to Liverpool, he suffered his first set-back when he injured his knee during pre-season which resulted in him missing the start of the season. Since then, he’s experienced a number of problems and has become a bit of a forgotten man despite his ability when fit and on form.
Lallana went on to extend his stay with the Reds in 2017. At the time he commented: “I’m very proud and feel quite humbled by the show of faith from the club and the manager in particular.
“Signing for a club like Liverpool is obviously a big thing – but to re-sign shows you’ve obviously contributed enough that the people who make the decisions want you to stay longer.”