Adam Lallana’s time as a Liverpool players is all but over, according to the Liverpool Echo’s LFC correspondent.
Speaking to Jay Pearson and Mick Moran on The Kopite Podcast, Paul Gorst said he has been “led to believe” that the England international “wants to find a new club” in order to secure more regular playing time as he enters the twilight of his career.
He said: “[Lallana] is going to leave. He wants to play more — his birthday is in May so he turned 32 this month. From what I’m led to believe he just wants to find a new club and play regularly in the last couple of years of his career.
“He loves it at Anfield and he loves the club, but you can understand him wanting to play more because he’s still a quality player with a couple of years left at the top level. I think he’ll leave.”
David Lynch of the Evening Standard reported in February that no new contract discussions had taken place between Lallana’s representatives and the club, and had no plans to offer the former Southampton midfielder a new deal.
The report also stated that the 32-year-old would have no shortage of potential suitors and mooted the likes of Leicester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur as potential destinations.
Gorst believes Lallana would benefit from a move back to the south coast — but instead of a return to St Mary’s, he said the Vitality Stadium may be the best way for the Englishman to go.
“If you’re asking me to put money on where he would go I think he might venture back down to the south coast. I think Bournemouth might be a good fit for him.”
Lallana has not been a regular in the first team for a long time. He has managed 90 minutes in a match only once — against Monterrey in the Club World Cup in December — since he completed the game against Porto in the second leg of the Champions League tie in May 2018.
He hasn’t played a full Premier League game from start to finish since he was on the scoresheet against Middlesborough in a 3-0 victory on the final day of the 2016/17 season — his chances of keeping a regular spot in the first team were dashed by recurring injuries and new arrivals in midfield.
Still, Lallana has been a faithful servant to the Anfield club since joining from Southampton for £25m in the summer of 2014, and Gorst was keen to pay tribute to the midfielder.Embed from Getty Images
“He initially struggled, as quite a lot of players do when they look to make the step up at Anfield and realise that you’ve got to perform every week — you can’t just put in one in three or two in three, it’s got to be every single week.
“Slowly but surely he found his feet and he was a big part of that team in Klopp’s first season. He was England’s player of the year as well.
“He’s one of those players who I enjoyed watching. He had great balance, great feet, played in a number of positions. It was interesting he almost tried to reinvent himself as a ‘No.6’ — maybe he did that with a view of prolonging his Liverpool career but he hasn’t quite played as much as he would like.
“Good luck to him for the future.”