When Adam Lallana signed a short term contract extension to see him through the end of the season, it was clear that his Anfield stay was coming to an end. Chronic injuries stopped Lallana from really shining under Klopp, but he has still been a hardworking squad player throughout the seasons.
Now manager Jürgen Klopp has seemed to confirm what we all assumed, talking about Lallana’s influence on the team.
“It’s clear that Adam will leave the club in the summer,” he said. “For now, I miss already everything about him and in this moment he is still here. He is an outstanding player and he is one of the most influential players on the training quality I’ve ever had in my life.
Klopp also addressed the fact that Lallana is being put into a difficult situation with the contract extension even as he searches for a new home.
“He is an incredible professional but now as we have the difficult situation and we respect that a lot. Everything with Adam is sorted. He is top fit, he is in training and everything is fine, but, yes, the future is his future and if we need his help on the pitch we can get it.
“He is there and trains 100 per cent but as long as we don’t need it he will just train. And that’s the normal thing. I think there was a lot of discussions about players with ending contracts but his was not even a discussion: it was clear we would extend Adam’s contract and he wanted to do that as well.
“But, we will not put any risk on his future or whatever, that’s absolutely clear. He is one of the most important players since my time 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 now be a legend somewhere else from next season on.”
Lallana gets to celebrate winning the Premier League title and Liverpool get midfield cover, should they need it. However, it’s unlikely that we will see Adam Lallana play for Liverpool again.