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Liverpool are reportedly set to sell Adam Lallana if he does not force his way back into Jurgen Klopp’s plans.
According to Football Insider, the Reds will look to offload the England international in 2020 if he remains on the fringes of the squad.
The report from Football Insider states that the club are unlikely to offload him in January, but are expected to trigger the extension so that they can receive a fee for him next summer, rather than losing him for free at the expiry of his contract.
With all due respect to Lallana – he is a wonderfully gifted footballer on his day – this really should have been done last summer.
The 34-cap English playmaker has made so little impact on Klopp’s first-team in recent times the numbers are staggering.
Even in the campaign before that (2017/18), the former Southampton star managed just 12 appearances in the league, again failing to muster up a single goal or assist.
His most recent direct goal contribution was an assist in the 2-1 FA Cup win over Everton in January 2018. In the league, he hasn’t scored or assisted since the final day of the 2016/17 season, when he bagged the third goal in a 3-0 win against Middlesbrough all the way back in May 2017.
While the Cruyff turns and dazzling runs that earned him his £25m move to Anfield back in 2014 are still in his locker, he simply isn’t making any impact in the final third, which for an attacking midfielder playing for perhaps the hottest team in the world right now just isn’t good enough.
He has also suffered 11 different injuries since coming to Merseyside, missing a ridiculous total of 382 days of action.
Earning a massive wage at £110k each week, the only surprise here is that the club have not offloaded him sooner.