Phil Egan
Phil Egan

09.39 8 Jul 2020


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Adam Lallana is unlikely to play another game for Liverpool with manager Jurgen Klopp opting not to risk the out-of-contract midfielder between now and the end of the season.

The 32-year-old's contract was due to expire at the end of June but he signed a short-term deal to keep him at Anfield until the end of this extended campaign.

Lallana is still available to play for the newly-crowned Premier League champions and is still training with the squad.

However. Klopp does not want Lallana to take a chance of picking up an injury that could complicate a transfer this summer.

"It is clear Adam will leave the club in the summer," Klopp said ahead of Wednesday's trip to Brighton.

"But now we have a difficult situation, but I will respect Adam a lot. And everything with Adam is sorted, let me say it like this.

"He is so fit, he is training, 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.

"He trains 100 percent but as long as we don't need it, he will just train. That is the normal thing.

"I think 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 wants to do that as well, but he will not put any risk on his future or whatever. That is absolutely clear.

"For now, if you ask me about it, I miss already everything about 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.

"So 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 on."

Lallana has featured 22 times for Liverpool this season but has not been included in the squad for any of the four league games since the restart.

He scored a late goal at Old Trafford in October to earn Liverpool a 1-1 draw away to Manchester United, which at the time maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

Lallana was named in the starting-11 for Klopp's first game as Liverpool manager, a scoreless draw away to Tottenham in October 2015.

James Milner and Divock Origi are the only other players still at the club that started that game five years ago.


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