Liverpool could be open to offers for midfielder Adam Lallana from next summer if the 31-year-old is unable to get regular gametime at Anfield.
According to Football Insider, Liverpool would not be open to selling Lallana in January and are likely to extend his contract by 12 months to avoid him becoming a free agent at the end of the current season and hence be able to recoup a transfer fee for him.
Lallana was a £25m signing for Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers from Southampton in 2014, as reported by BBC, and he struck 21 goals in his first three seasons with the Reds.
However, he incurred a pre-season thigh injury in 2017 that ruled him out of a large chunk of the subsequent campaign and also missed several weeks towards the end of that season, with the midfielder making just 15 first team appearances in 2017/18 without scoring.
That was only one fewer than he managed last season, in which he also failed to find the net, and his gametime for the current campaign clocks in at 111 minutes, 90 of those coming in a completely changed Liverpool line-up for the Carabao Cup win over MK Dons.
Lallana’s influence in the Reds team has waned considerably over the last couple of years. In the 2016/17 campaign, his most productive for Liverpool with eight goals and seven assists, he averaged 1.6 shots, 45.4 passes and 1.4 key passes per game, as per WhoScored.
He has not scored for the Reds since then and has managed only one assist, while in last season’s Premier League, his match averages for the above metrics fell to 0.4 shots, 23.2 passes and 0.7 key passes, as per WhoScored.
With Lallana’s attacking impetus badly diminished from two years ago and on-loan Marko Grujic, eight years his junior, making an impact at Hertha Berlin with seven goals in 31 appearances for the Bundesliga club, Liverpool could well look to the Serbian as an attacking threat from midfield once his loan ends next summer.
The England man was a tremendous player earlier in his time at Anfield, but he has never truly recovered his form after the spate of injuries which curtailed his 2017/18 season.
If he continues to be overlooked by Klopp, and if Grujic keeps up his fine form on loan in Germany, Liverpool would be justified in allowing Lallana to leave next year, but not without triggering a contract extension first so that they will recoup some of the £25m spent on him five years ago.
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