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Adam Lallana is unlikely to play another game for Liverpool with manager Jurgen Klopp reluctant to put the soon-to-be out-of-contract midfielder prone to injury.
The 32-year-old signed a short-term deal to keep him at Anfield before the end with this extended campaign but will depart from then on.
While Lallana is available to play should he be needed, Klopp respects the ball player enough to not jeopardise his next move.
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“It is clear Adam will leave the club in the summer,” said the Liverpool boss.
“But we now have a difficult situation, but I am going to respect Adam a lot. And everything with Adam is sorted, allow me to say it like this.
“He is so fit, he is training, everything is okay. But yes, the future is his future, and if we are in need of his help on the pitch we could get it. He is there.
“He trains 100 per cent but as long as we don’t want it, he will just train. That is the normal thing.
“I think there have been a lot of discussions about players without contracts, with him there was not really a discussion.
He is amongst the most influential players on the training quality I have ever endured in my life. He can be an incredible professional.
Jurgen Klopp on Adam Lallana
“It was clear Adam would extend his contract and he wants to accomplish that as well, but he will maybe not put any risk on his future or whatever. That is completely clear.
“For now, in the event that you ask me about it, I miss already everything about him. He is one of the most influential players on working out quality I’ve ever had in my own life. He is an incredible professional.
“So he is perhaps one of the most important players of the time since I am here so I wish him only the best for the future.
“From my perspective he is already a legend here, so he can turn into a legend elsewhere from next season on.”
Klopp: A team filled with Scousers… why don’t you?
Jurgen Klopp is hopeful Liverpool will have a way to field “a team full of Scousers” within the next decade after seeing Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones graduate from the academy.
Jones, 19, committed his long-term future to his boyhood club by a signing a new deal on Saturday, before scoring his first Premier League goal the next day in a 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
Klopp believes there is certainly enough local talent to eventually fill a full senior team and says he’ll continue to give opportunities to younger players from all backgrounds.
“Here we shall always decide to try to utilize them as often as you can because the dream is to have all boys [in a team],” said Klopp at his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Brighton, go on Sky Sports.
“It will not happen in the next five years but maybe 10 years, it might be great to have a team filled with Scousers, why don’t you?”
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