Adam Lallana is about to sign a short-term deal with Liverpool that will allow him to stay at Anfield for their title crowning.
England’s current contract is scheduled to expire on June 30; Premier League clubs have long identified him as one of Bosman’s main deals this summer and he is expected to relocate to Leicester, although Tottenham, Arsenal, Bournemouth and Burnley have all expressed interest.
It would have been strange, however, if Lallana had left before the end of this campaign, given that he spent six years on Merseyside and the fact that he is considered to be such an important part of the locker room by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
English midfielder Adam Lallana ready to sign short-term deal with Liverpool
Lallana is seen as an important part of the Liverpool dressing room by Jurgen Klopp (left)
Klopp wanted Lallana to be available for the remaining nine games and will now do so after discussions with the 32-year-old whose term will now expire at midnight after the final match in Newcastle. A date – or location – has yet to be confirmed for this match.
Lallana has played 22 games this season, including 15 in the Premier League, and will comfortably qualify for a medal if Liverpool have six points to become champion for the first time since 1990.
There is however an agreement between Lallana, Klopp and the owners of Liverpool, Fenway Sports Group, that the priority of selection should go to those such as Takumi Minamino, Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones, who will be at the club in the long term.
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Klopp also recognizes that Liverpool are likely to face teams wanting to sign Lallana, who will also be concerned about avoiding injury. Leicester has led the pursuit since it appeared earlier this year that he would leave Anfield.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers signed Lallana in the summer of 2014 for Liverpool when he left Southampton.
Lallana will be one of many departures for the current Liverpool team; he will be joined by Nathaniel Clyne, who trains alone at the club’s Academy.
Clyne has not played this season due to a serious pre-season knee injury. He will leave on June 30; Xherdhan Shaqiri is another who will leave with Newcastle to sign the Swiss international. He, however, will command substantial fees.
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