Jurgen Klopp refused to discuss the future of Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana in public at Wednesday’s press conference.
On Tuesday, the Daily Telegraph claimed that Klopp was “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 added 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 was 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.
The England international playmaker, whose deal expires in June, has only started three matches in the Premier League this season, providing a goal and an assist, but Klopp has maintained he remains a vital part of his Anfield squad.
And despite those low numbers, there is still expected to be plenty of interest in Lallana this summer when his contract expires, but Klopp was guarded at Melwood on New Year’s Day.
Asked if there had been any talks over a new contract after speculation had arisen over Lallana’s future, Klopp said: “Speculation from who?”
When told talk of Lallana’s future had been in the media, Klopp laughed and replied: “In the media?”
He then said: “Everything Adam Lallana knows, I know. I am happy he is in sensational shape at the moment. He is a very important player, but what will happen in the future we will see.
“For him whether it is here or somewhere else the important thing is that he can show he is 100% fit, but he is super fit and in a perfect place. He enjoys his time here and when he plays he is very influential.
“But these type of things we don’t discuss in public, so you will have to speculate further.”