Adam Lallana will be rewarded for his improved performances this season with a new deal that will see his wages almost triple.
Lallana has been one of the key players for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, despite their one-time tilt for the Premier League title now being reduced to a top-four battle.
The 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.
Although his current deal expires in summer 2019, Liverpool are keen to reward his improvement with a four-year deal worth £150,000 a week.
The Daily Telegraph are among the many to report that talks ‘are at an advanced stage’ between the club and the player’s representatives, with Lallana expected to earn a wage not too far being Philippe Coutinho, who signed a new deal only recently.
It means that Lallana, who joined in summer 2014 for £25million from Southampton, will remain at Anfield until he is 32, ensuring his ‘peak years’ are served at the club.
The Telegraph add: ‘Klopp has wanted Lallana tied down as he sees him as the foundation of the side he is building, despite the recent downturn at the start of 2017.’
Lallana discussed Liverpool’s nightmare start to 2017 on Wednesday and feels despite the widening gap, there’s still little to choose between the Reds and table-toppers Chelsea.
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Lallana said: “You can see they have a lot of experience and that they are used to winning,” he said.
“They know how to win games even when not at their best. You don’t have to always win by scoring five or six.
“Maybe that’s an area we need to improve on. We maybe need to realise how good we are at times.
“Milly (James Milner) is probably the only one in our group who has that type of experience because it only comes from winning silverware like he did at Manchester City.
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“Myself and the other players haven’t won titles or loads of cups so we need to learn from him and listen to him because that type of experience is vital.
“We need to learn and get back to winning ways in the league as soon as possible.”