Adam Lallana is set to sign a short-term extension to his Liverpool contract after Jurgen Klopp insisted the midfielder see out the delayed Premier League seasson.
The Reds boss is keen to make sure the departing 32-year-old will be part of the club’s impending Premier League title success after six years at Anfield.
Lallana’s existing deal with the club expires on June 30, but Klopp wants the midfielder to extend that by month so that Lallana will only become a free agent after July 26 when the league is scheduled to finish.
A number of outlets were briefed on Klopp’s intentions on Monday night, The Times included, but the paper did also report that the former Southampton man “is unlikely to be on the same terms” as his existing £100,000-a-week deal.
Lallana, who signed from the Saints in 2014 for £25million is expected to agree a reduced deal until the end of July when he will then leave on a free transfer, with Leicester heavily linked with his services
Clubs were given special dispensation to agree short-term extensions for players who were out of contract and Liverpool have moved to take advantage of that.
However, the information released also claimed that Klopp will not offer Lallana any extended playing time and there will be no sentimentality in his team selections for the last nine games.
The Reds only need two wins to confirm their first title win for 30 years, but Klopp won’t crowbar Lallana into his team and so adding to his 15 Premier League appearances this term will not be a priority for Klopp.
Instead the German coach, after talks with owners Fenway Sports Group, will prioritise players who represent Liverpool’s long-term future.
That means that the likes of Takumi Minamino, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott could well be selected ahead of Lallana, especially with the pre-season expected to be so short this time around.
Meanwhile, one player who will not see his contract extended beyond June 30 is Nathaniel Clyne.
The 29-year-old is “adhering to his own fitness programme” at Liverpool’s Academy and he will be released when his contract expires on June 30 after missing the entire season due to an ACL injury he sustained last summer.