With Liverpool’s 2017 form having been dreadful – they’re yet to win in the league since calendars changed – it’s easy to overlook just how well the Reds have done over the course of the season.
If you asked any Kopite before a ball was kicked if they would take being four points adrift of second place and well within the fight for a top-four finish at this stage they would undoubtedly have taken it – but it’s hard to deny that the campaign is edging towards being an opportunity missed rather than one of over-achievement.
So, Liverpool supporters are in need of good news, and one nugget has landed today in the form of reports from the Daily Mail, claiming Adam Lallana is close to signing a new contract at Anfield.
The 28-year-old playmaker has thrived in a new, deeper midfield role under Jurgen Klopp this season, and the club have been so impressed that they’re willing to pay him around £150,000-per-week until 2021.
Is he worth that figure, though?
Well, Lallana’s numbers from the season so far are darn good, with the former Southampton playmaker leading the way for Liverpool in terms of assists with seven, which, added to his seven goals, means he’s directly contributed to 14 league strikes – the most of any Reds star. On top of this, he’s played 964 passes, completing 85% of those; no mean feat given that his advanced midfield role demands risky passes forward.
Worth the cash? On current form, yes.