Liverpool are willing to listen to offers for Adam Lallana in 2020 with the star seeing his first-team chances restricted at Anfield, according to a report.
The attacking midfielder has made just one appearance for the Reds so far this season – against MK Dons in the Carabao Cup – and appears to be a long way down Jurgen Klopp’s pecking order.
The 31-year-old will be out of contract at the end of the season, but Liverpool hold a one-year option on his deal. And according to Football Insider, Liverpool plan to activate that clause with a view to moving the former Southampton man on at the end of the season.
Lallana has been linked with a possible exit from Anfield in January, but as per the report, Klopp has ruled out his departure mid-season with the club hoping to push for glory in both the Premier League and in defence of their Champions League crown.
The 34-times capped England international will, as a result, be kept on until the summer and told to continue pushing for his place in the side in a to change Klopp’s mind.
Liverpool have been linked with a replacement for Lallana in the past, with £27m-rated Trabzonspor star Abdulkadir Omur regularly mentioned as a possible target for Klopp.
However, we understand Klopp wants to see how Harry Wilson fares during his season-long loan spell at Bournemouth, with the Wales forward earmarked for a place in Liverpool’s squad next season assuming Lallana leaves and assuming the former continues on the upwards trajectory he first showed while with Derby last term.
Lallana – once described by Klopp as “a pure joy to watch” – has spoken of his lack of action earlier this season and admits he finds sitting on the sidelines tough to take.
“Of course, you think ahead and like to plan to a degree. I love it here. But I’m not obsessing about my future. Being as fit as I can, and working as hard as I can, is at the forefront of my mind. The rest will take care of itself,” he said.
“I feel happy. I feel fit and strong. If I want to be part of this team, the best team in Europe, I need to keep improving and developing and that is what I have found difficult over the last two years because I have not been able to show that. I can’t be the same player, I need to be better because the team is better.
“I didn’t make the squad for the first game of the season [against Norwich City] and that was a bit of an eye-opener. I didn’t see that happening. I hadn’t experienced that since I was growing up at Southampton.
“But it is a 60-game season and I look at my last couple of seasons and think just be patient, be persistent and eventually my chance will come.
“If I am fit, I am sure I will contribute in a big way.”