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As recently seen on Football FanCast, the issue of Liverpool hanging on to Dejan Lovren this summer amid interest from AC Milan was highlighted.
The argument was that, in keeping hold of the fourth choice centre-back who turns 30 today, the Reds would only be keeping him around whilst his value decreases – now is the best time to get the maximum fee that they can for the Croatian.
In addition to that, the Champions League winners are also making the same mistake with Adam Lallana.
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The 31-year-old is getting on a bit and played a ineffective background role last term, making only five league starts under Jurgen Klopp.
The player himself has already come out and said that he sees himself staying at the club, whilst the midfielder also revealed that Klopp and his staff said that they feel the player still has a big part to play. Questionable, to say the least.
Adam Lallana: "The gaffer & his staff and the recruitment guys have all made it clear they know I have a big part to play with what’s to come next, so I’m buzzing with that. No question my future is here and I can’t wait for what’s next" #LFC
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) June 5, 2019
Signed from Southampton for £25m back in 2014, the 5 foot 8 midfielder finds himself seventh (yes, seventh) in Klopp’s pecking order behind Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Gini Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The argument for Liverpool being wrong to keep Lovren in the previous article was that there are enough options in his role to get rid of him without being left short, and that there may not be a better time to cash in on him whilst his stock is yet to decrease significantly – the same can be said of Lallana.
Klopp only tends to play with three midfielders in his preferred 4-3-3 system, and he will have double that amount if Lallana is sold – that is more than enough options for the former Borussia Dortmund boss to have.
Last season wasn’t an anomaly for the England international either. Lallana made just one league start in 2017/18 from a total of 12 league appearances in all – he simply doesn’t offer enough to be kept on.
Former side Southampton have been linked with a £13m move for him this summer, and Liverpool may not get a better offer for him in the future than they will if they cash in now.