Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana says he is happy to stay at Anfield this summer, despite his lack of games last season.
The 31-year-old made just 16 appearances in all competitions for the Reds and has just one year remaining on his contract. The midfielder says, though, he is ready to stay:
“I couldn’t be happier here, winning Champions Leagues. I know my ability and I know what I can give. And the gaffer and his staff and the recruitment guys have all made it clear they know I have a big part to play with what’s to come next, so I’m buzzing with that. No question my future is here and I can’t wait for what’s next.”
Fans on Twitter think Lallana would be better off leaving for first-team football rather than seeing out his final year:
He has to go
— Robert Adams (@robertadams1707) 5 June 2019
Time to say thank you and goodbye…
— Gareth Terry (@garethterry) 5 June 2019
Pointless keeping him. Zero use to us in the treatment room. Nice fella, good squad player when fit but that’s only a few games a season
— Mark Scorr (@Fonzy09) 5 June 2019
— . (@alad12346) 5 June 2019
Umm well, does he like playing? Cause I’m not seeing much of that happening for him at Liverpool.
— Joe Weaver (@sjwolves) 5 June 2019
Needs to join sturridge and Moreno on exit list
— Aaron MC (@aaronc8T4) 5 June 2019
We may need an upgrade.
— Firmansah 2023 (@penggemarsemar) 6 June 2019
Get rid ffs
— Gurdev B (@Bosscat01) 6 June 2019
Totally different to Divock scenario. Unfortunately, lallanas body can’t take it. He’s just never getting back to what he was.
Sell and improve or upgrade. Liverpool of old always evolved. No sentiment, just a big hand shake and a thank you
— Anthony Gornall (@anthonyjgornall) 5 June 2019
Sell as we have youth players that are ready to get their first team chance.
— Happyalways (@unhappynow) 5 June 2019
When fit, the England international is a very decent squad player, but the major problem with him is his injury record.
Last season alone, Lallana had three spells out injured with groin and hamstring problems. Whether those issues have been fully resolved, it remains to be seen.
With just six starts, no goals and no assists to his name last campaign, the midfielder has become a peripheral figure despite having been a firm favourite during the early years of Jurgen Klopp‘s reign as manager.