As revealed by the Press Association’s chief football writer Simon Peach, Adam Lallana has said that he will be staying at Liverpool next season, and that Jurgen Klopp and the coaching staff have made it clear that he has a part to play.
The 31-year-old said: “Yeah, absolutely no question about it. I couldn’t be happier here, winning Champions Leagues. I know my ability & I know what I can give.
“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.”
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
Now, we already know that Liverpool fans aren’t happy about this news, and they have every right to feel that way.
Lallana made just 16 appearances last term, making just six starts and didn’t contribute directly to a single goal.
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He isn’t getting any younger either having only recently celebrated his 31st birthday back in May, and it seems foolish to keep such a non influential player at the club whilst his stock is still fairly high.
Additionally, the England international earns £110k-a-week at Anfield, which isn’t a small figure by any means.
In fact, when worked out completely, the former Southampton man’s total time on the pitch for the Reds equates to just 569 minutes with the majority of his appearances coming from the bench.
If you take his weekly wages into account across the entirety of the 39-week 2018/19 season, then Lallana earned £4.51m – this means that he actually cost the Champions League winners a whopping £7.93k for every minute he was on the pitch – he simply isn’t pulling his weight.
He may be loving his time at the club, but Liverpool must be more ruthless and get rid of the attacking midfielder.