Liverpool will let Adam Lallana leave the club on a free transfer when his contract at Anfield expires at the end of the season, according to a report.
Lallana joined the Reds from the well-trodden path from Southampton in 2014 and became a regular in the starting eleven in his first three seasons on Merseyside.
A host of different injuries, coupled with a loss of form have seen the ex-Saint slide down the pecking order in Liverpool’s midfield, and the imminent £7.25m arrival of Takumi Minamino appears to have spelled the end for Lallana.
Minamino operates in a similar role to Lallana and the Japan star is slotted to sign for the Reds on January 1, with this report suggest when his debut could fall for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
And that will mean curtains for Lallana, according to The Athletic, with the player set to wave goodbye to Anfield at the end of the season.
“I’m not sure if [Minamino] is viewed as the Lallana replacement but it certainly strengthens that area of the squad,” James Pearce said during a Q&A.
“Lallana will leave at the end of the season.”
Lallana has re-emerged as a No 6 this season and, while the player prefers to operate in a more attacking role, his performance in the recent victory at Aston Villa came in for some severe criticism.
Reports of Liverpool’s decision not to hand the 31-year-old a new deal comes as something of a surprise given that, back in October, it was claimed Liverpool will look to trigger the one-year option they had on his deal.
However, if trusted source Pearce is accurate, there will be quite the scramble to land the former England star, who despite being discarded by Liverpool, will surely find himself a man in demand, especially if as a free agent.
Lallana addressed his lack of action earlier in the season and stated he still expects to play a role for Liverpool this term, stating: “Just because I’ve not started any of the first nine games, I don’t think that means I am not going to play a big part in this team. Football’s a funny game.
“I think the last couple of years, we’ve got the Champions League final with a maximum of four really fit centre midfielders.
“It’s about just staying fit, staying strong and staying ready. I feel that’s where my focus will be.”
He added: “We’re European champions, we’ve got a top squad, so I’ve had to be patient for my chance but delighted to come on and make an impact like that.”