Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told The Guardian that Adam Lallana has likely played his final game for the club.
The Reds had all but sealed the title before the global pandemic really hit the United Kingdom, and that left them with a decision over Lallana.
The midfielder was set to be a free agent on July 1st, but with the season stretching past that date, his short-term future was unclear.
In the end, Lallana penned a short-term deal to see out the season with Liverpool, meaning he has been able to be a big part of the title celebrations.
Since football returned, Lallana hasn’t actually played. The focus will now be on youngsters like Curtis Jones, who will likely take Lallana’s minutes next season.
A reunion with his ex-Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City seems likely, with the 32-year-old poised to move on for free when the season ends.
Now, Klopp has admitted that he already misses Lallana even though he hasn’t left yet, praising his professionalism and his importance since Klopp took over in 2015.
Six years since Lallana joined from Southampton, he is all set to go – and Klopp claims that unless the Reds really need to play him, he has already played his final game for the club.
“It is clear Adam will leave the club in the summer, if the summer ever starts. I already miss everything about him,” said Klopp. “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.”
“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,” he added.