Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is not putting any pressure on Adam Lallana to extend his stay at Anfield, according to reports.
The England international playmaker has only started three matches in the Premier League this season, providing a goal and an assist.
And despite those low numbers, there is still expected to be plenty of interest in Lallana this summer when his contract expires.
The Daily Telegraph claims that Klopp is ‘resigned to losing’ the 31-year-old in the summer, despite wanting him to sign a one-year extension to his current deal.
The report adds that there is ‘no pressure on Lallana to commit’ to Liverpool beyond his current contract and that Klopp ‘understands Lallana is too good to be a back-up player’.
It is also claimed that Klopp will get the backing of Liverpool‘s board if Lallana ‘indicates he wants to stay’, with the club’s hierarchy ready to green-light a one-year extension.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have reportedly opened talks with Sevilla over a potential £65m deal to sign talented defender Diego Carlos – a man Jurgen Klopp wants as Virgil van Dijk’s long-term partner at the heart of defence.
Dutchman Van Dijk has been a revelation during his two years at Anfield, helping the club win three trophies and playing a leading role in their march to what appears to be Premier League title success this season.
However, Klopp remains undecided on the best person to partner Van Dijk, and while the likes of Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren have all enjoyed periods in the side and impressed alongside him, all three are prone to injuries and none have been able to knuckle down and cement a regular shirt.
Matip remains on the sidelines until later next month with the defender struggling to recover from a troublesome knee injury.
As such, Klopp is keen to address a perceived chink in his side’s armour and reports in Spain claim he has targeted a deal for Carlos. Read more…