The latest contract news is that Liverpool hope to tie Adam Lallana down till 2021 with a new contract worth £150,000-a-week. According to Chris Bascombe at The Telegraph Lallana will become the latest Liverpool player to commit his long-term future to the club by signing a new four year contract. This just weeks after Philippe Coutinho signed a similar size contract.
The meetings between Lallana and his representatives are said to be at an advanced stage, and is thought to be ready to put pen to paper shortly, with a deal worth a whopping £150,000 a week.
The new terms will keep the England International at the club until 2021, by which time he will be 32 having spent the peak of his career at Anfield.
Lallana moved to Liverpool from Southampton in 2014 for £25 million, and after a tough start under Brendan Rodgers has elevated his game and role under the leadership of Jurgen Klopp.
The 28-year-old has thrived under the German, especially when used in a deeper midfield role earlier this season. Also a key player for England, sure to be essential to Gareth Southgate’s rebuilding process towards the next World Cup. Klopp has wanted Lallana tied down as he sees him as the foundation of the side he is building.
Both at the end of last season and the start of this one, no-one in the country was performing as consistently as Lallana. An untimely injury while on international duty with England in November upset his rhythm. Not coincidentally – was when Liverpool’s stopped producing their free-flowing football with the same thrilling regularity.
Nevertheless, Lallana remains one of Klopp’s key players and there was no question he would commit to the club. The news will come as a blow to Spurs, who have said to be interested in the him, with Mauricio Pochettino claiming to be a big fan. Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with a move for the 28-year-old with Lallana having 18 months left to run on his current deal.
Having drifted out of the title race in the last month, Lallana admits the team must change its mentality to go from a side that occasionally thrills to one that wins trophies.
“You don’t have to always win by scoring five or six,” he said.
“Maybe that’s an area we need to improve on. James Milner is probably the only one in our group who has that type of experience because it only comes from winning silverware.”
“Myself and the other players haven’t won titles or loads of cups so we need to learn from him.”
Lack of signings
Liverpool have been criticised for failing to recruit more players in January, Klopp sees the process as one of evolution. Building around those he feels have already shown they can meet the highest standards. His long-term plan was always to add another four or five new faces in the summer. However only those he has tracked for some time. Although it was expected Liverpool will be in European competition next season and would naturally need more personnel.
Decisions will need to be taken on numerous fringe players in the summer. Sadly the likes of Daniel Sturridge reliant on injuries in order to start games regularly between now and May.
That will mean another busy period with recruitment is beckoning at the end of the season. However it won’t be with the same upheaval as in recent times.
Previously when we’ve signed several players it has led to another prolonged rebuilding process as the new first team gels. Klopp is determined that will not be the case this time. Recognising the need for more quality players to give him more selection options. Klopp feels he has a base intact for the next few year and Lallana’s new deal is another demonstration of that.
Already we have seen mentions on twitter of FSG paying Lallana £150k per week, however not being competitive enough to to land Draxler due to the refusal of paying him £150k per week.
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