According to a recent report from Fotomac, Adam Lallana could be set for a move away from Liverpool this month. The 30-year-old made the move to Anfield back in the summer of 2014 after impressing greatly at Southampton, although a lack of regular first team football under manager Jurgen Klopp this season has plunged his future on Merseyside into huge doubt.
And reports suggest that Turkish giants Fenerbahce are eyeing up a January move for the £65,000-a-week star (as per Spotrac), yet letting the England international leave this month could prove deadly to Liverpool’s chances of lifting the Premier League title come May.
Ultimately, the Reds have given themselves an excellent chance of ending a long wait for the league crown by hitting the front in the Premier League this season, leading defending champions Manchester City by four points with just 17 games of the campaign remaining.
And while Klopp’s side lost out to Pep Guardiola’s Citizens on Thursday night, in turn suffering their first defeat of the season, it is very much still in their hands, although the sheer intensity with which Liverpool play their football is going to make maintaining that level extremely difficult as the season wears on.
As such, Klopp is going to need plenty of options in all areas of the squad to continue meeting their lofty heights between now and May, not least in the middle of the park where the likes of Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum were second-best against City on Thursday night.
Thus, while Lallana hasn’t had much of a role to play in the Liverpool first team so far this season, it’s plausible that Klopp could call upon him a lot more in the second half of the campaign in a bid to keep his squad fresh for the run-in – after all, the 30-year-old made the bench on Thursday night, so is clearly in Klopp’s first team thinking.
Significantly, the England international, capped 34 times by his country over the years, brings something slightly different to the Reds central midfield ranks in being extremely comfortable on the ball and showing a level of dynamism and creativity that perhaps Klopp’s side do lack in the middle of the pitch – that creativity was certainly lacking at times against City.
Ultimately, one still senses that Lallana could have a vital role to play in what success Liverpool have in the second half of the season – yes, he may not play many matches between now and the end of the season, but he brings something different to the majority of the first team midfielders to make it worth keeping him for the run-in.
As such, letting him leave could prove to be something of a mistake from manager Klopp, and thus could prove deadly to Liverpool’s hopes of winning their first Premier League title this season.
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