Adam Lallana looks set to have played his last game for Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp confirmed that he will not select him again because he doesn’t want to jeopardise the midfielder’s forthcoming free transfer.
The midfielder, who arrived from Southampton in 2014, signed a short-term extension to stay with Liverpool until the end of the season to be a deserved part of Premier League celebrations, has not featured in a match-day squad since the restart.
The 32-year-old, recently described by Klopp as “a legend”, looks set to have several options when his deal expires including a possible reunion with former Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers at Leicester.
The former England creative midfielder has made 178 appearances for Liverpool since his £25m arrival, but Klopp will not consider using him in the final five matches.
Instead, Lallana will be utilised in training only in an attempt to ensure he remains fit and injury-free ahead of his exit.
Klopp told reporters in his pre-match press conference:
It’s clear that Adam will leave the club in the summer. He’s there and trains 100% but as long as we don’t need it, he’ll just train. We will miss him.
The soon to be out of contract Lallana’s last outing for the club looks set to be a six-minute cameo appearance away at Bournemouth in March, where he came on as a substitute for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. His last goal came against Manchester United, a late equaliser at Old Trafford to maintain Liverpool’s then unbeaten league campaign.
Lallana will now follow another former Southampton player, Nathaniel Clyne, in making a summer exit from Liverpool on a free transfer. Unlike Lallana, Clyne did not stay on a short-term basis to see out the season.