Darren Bent believes the playing career of one Liverpool midfield star is “coming towards the end” and that the player himself is aware of the fact.
Bent’s ire was focused on Adam Lallana, with the 31-year-old struggling with persistent injury problems over the past few years.
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, with the recent emergence of Naby Keita seemingly spelling the end for Lallana.
With his contract set to expire next summer, the 34-times capped England international’s future could lay away from Liverpool.
“Yeah it is tough for him and he probably knows that his (Liverpool stay) is soon coming towards the end,” said Bent.
“And obviously with the Liverpool team like it is, he isn’t going to get in that midfield three.
“He’s an intelligent guy, he knows that it’s just about him getting over injuries and going somewhere he is going to play.”
Liverpool sit atop the league ladder with 46 points, followed by Leicester on 38 then Man City on 32.
City famously won 14 league matches in a row and 18 of their last 19 to deny the Reds a maiden remier League trophy.