According to Liverpool Echo, Adam Lallana is set to leave Liverpool at the end of the season. That’s when his contract expires, and a decision has been reached that there wouldn’t be any talks about a new deal.
Lallana left Southampton as an attacking midfielder and joined Liverpool back in 2014, when the Merseysiders were under the command of current Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers. The current Leicester City boss deployed him in that role too, as did Jurgen Klopp upon his arrival. But as the German too charge of his first full season at the club, he changed his formation to 4-3-3 and Lallana played most of the 2016/17 as a box-to-box runner, where he was extremely efficient. He was a crucial part of the team which managed to fight their way back to the Champions League at the end of that season, at the expense of none other than Arsenal.
However, injuries impeded his progress from there and he wasn’t able to fully keep up with the way the team was growing in the period that followed. His place in the starting line-up has disappeared as a result, and Klopp now favors several others ahead of the 31-year-old. His role there is still important, but it seems regular game-time is his priority now and that’s something his current boss cannot promise him. Therefore, he will be allowed to leave as a free agent in the summer.
And Arsenal are apparently one of the clubs interested in taking advantage of his situation to acquire an experienced, but also highly talented player which still has plenty to give. His injuries seem to be behind him now, and Klopp often praises his fitness this season.
Lallana is a player who offers very little pace, but also a fantastic combination of skill on the ball, creativity and work-rate. He also has a knack for scoring important goals. It was him that nabbed that late equalizer at Old Trafford earlier this season, but for which Arsenal’s Invincibles record would now be safe.
The only question that remains to be answered is where exactly he would fit in at the Emirates. Mesut Ozil has had a second chance given to him when Mikel Arteta took over from Unai Emery, but could the German be on his last breath at Arsenal? Could Lallana come in and do a better job, given his willingness to press high and harass the opposition?
Arsenal apparently aren’t the only club interested in him. Tottenham Hotspur are also keen, as are West Ham, while Rodgers would like a reunion with his former charge at the King Power Stadium, according to The Telegraph.