Brighton have reportedly emerged as leading contenders to sign midfielder Adam Lallana from Liverpool this summer.
The 32-year-old’s Anfield contract expires at the end of this month and Jurgen Klopp has indicated that he won’t feature for the Premier League champions any more for fear of an injury (of which Lallana has had many) curtailing his chances of a move elsewhere.
As reported by Sussex Live, the Seagulls are the favourites with some bookmakers to snap up the midfielder ahead of Burnley and Lazio, despite recent transfer speculation linking him with Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester.
Lallana has only had a bit-part role to play at Liverpool this season, making just three Premier League starts, and has struggled for regular game-time over the last three years since a pre-season injury. However, he still has four trophies on his CV from his time at Anfield, including Premier League and Champions League winner’s medals.
Although he may be 32 and has had more than his fair share of injury troubles, the midfielder nonetheless boasts vast experience from 34 England caps and almost 200 Premier League appearances, as well as playing in European competition during his time on Merseyside.
Whether he would go straight into Brighton’s starting XI is debatable, given his lack of game-time in recent months and the abundace of central and attacking midfield options available to Graham Potter at the Amex Stadium.
Indeed, the Seagulls have two promising young attacking midfielders hoping to establish themselves in the first team in Alexis Mac Allister and Steven Alzate. The former has featured in a few games in recent weeks while the latter got some game-time earlier in the season but is currently sidelined through injury.
Some may argue that Lallana is over the hill and unreliable due to his injury record and could stand in the way of young talents at Brighton, but he has nonetheless carved out a six-year career at a Liverpool side who won some major honours during his time at Anfield.
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Also, with his experience of the highest level, he could be an excellent mentor to the likes of Mac Allister and Alzate as they develop over the next few years, while his capability of playing anywhere across the midfield would afford Potter plenty of choice as to where to deploy him if he does end up at the Amex Stadium. Therefore, his presence in Sussex should be a help rather than a hindrance.
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