Jurgen Klopp claimed Adam Lallana “already has a pretty long contract” when he was asked whether the England man was due an extension at Anfield.
Lallana is reportedly close to agree a new long-term contract at Anfield, which will see his wage almost triple.
The Liverpool midfielder has scored seven goals and assisted a further seven in 22 league appearances and has contributed directly to the most goals of any Liverpool player.
Lallana, who joined in summer 2014 for £25million from Southampton already has a contract until June 2019, but the 28-year-old, despite Klopp’s flat bat on Friday, is believed to be in negotiations with the club.
Liverpool are believed to be keen to reward his improvement with a four-year deal worth £150,000 a week.
“Adam is a very important player for us,” says Klopp. “He already has a pretty long contract.
“How close is a new one? We don’t talk about this. It says nothing about his importance if we are negotiating or not.
“We have to talk to the player, the agents and then, when something is decided, we will inform you.”
Lallana is expected to train ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Tottenham at Anfield, but admitted Dejan Lovren was still an injury worry.
“I’m not 100 per cent sure whether Lovren can train today, but it’s still possible,” added Klopp. “We will see soon.
“Lallana was out for two days with little problem with his achilles. We hope he’ll train.
“Ragnar Klavan has had a real bacterial infection. He has lost a bit of weight. He will be back in full training today so we will see about him.”
Klopp was also asked about the Anfield atmosphere and claimed he could not “force it” as Spurs come to town.
“It would be really nice if altogether we could create an outstanding atmosphere,” says Klopp. “Let’s use that time in the stadium. I can’t force it,” added Klopp.