Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has said that the prospect of him leaving in the summer will not affect his commitment to boss Jurgen Klopp’s cause.
Having moved to Anfield in 2014, Lallana was a key figure under Brendan Rodgers’ leadership and continued that form for the first couple of seasons of Klopp’s reign.
The Englishman extended his contract in 2017 but has since been unable to forge a permanent role for himself in the team, with the likes of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson picked ahead of him on most occasions.
In fact, Lallana has only made 15 appearances in all competitions this term and his contract is set to expire in the summer.
Speaking to Off the Ball, however, the 31-year-old insisted that despite him set for an Anfield exit, he is not taking his eye off the job at hand.
“Whatever my contract situation is that will be going on in the background,” the midfielder said. “There’s not a chance that that will affect my commitment to this club.
“I’ve given 110% throughout my Liverpool career I will continue to do so. Whether that finishes at the end of the season or continues, this is a great squad and I couldn’t be enjoying my football any more.”
“I’ve been fully fit all year, feeling great and as strong as ever but it is going to be difficult getting as much game time as I would like in this team.
“But I’m ready and I’ve had my fair share of games recently and I’m sure that will continue throughout January. I’m just enjoying working hard and playing for the best team in the world.”
Liverpool turn their attentions to FA Cup action on Sunday having dropped only two points in 20 Premier League games this term.
The Reds have a 13-point lead over Leicester and are 14 clear of Manchester City with a game in hand, having already picked up the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup this season.
Klopp was in a jovial mood in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside Derby, even making a joke about his relationship with Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti.
He said: “We used to be [good friends]. We didn’t see each other a lot, it is strange that we both feel like this, we’ve met around games and meetings as managers.
“When he came here I thought ‘If I had a party could I invite the Everton manager as he lives just around the corner?’.
“I am not sure where he lives but the house next to me is free and that would be really funny [if he moved in].
“I am not on social media but if I took a picture like this [with him] and sent it out, I don’t know how exactly that would look to the outside world, but I would not bring him into this kind of situation.”