Adam Lallana opens up about ‘rejection’ of Liverpool exit and conversation with Jurgen Klopp


Adam Lallana opened up about how he initially felt rejected when Jurgen Klopp told him he was no longer needed at Liverpool. Lallana left the Reds on a free transfer over the summer at the end of her contract after six years with the Anfield club.

The former England international joined Liverpool from Southampton for £ 25million in July 2014 and was at the club when Klopp first arrived.

But despite being a regular in the early days of the German’s reign, he has slowly grown into a team player due to the elite quality added to Klopp’s squad in recent years.

And although he is still with the Reds playing a vital role when they won the Premier League title, the 32-year-old had already known for months that his time with the club was up.

“I came in and asked the question because I wanted to know what my future looked like,” he said of his departure from Liverpool.

“I had a half-idea of ​​the answer, but I thought it was better to know and have a frank conversation. We had so much respect for each other.

“It’s a strange feeling when you are told that you are no longer wanted. There is an initial feeling of rejection and I think this is normal in any area of ​​life.

“But, after a few days, when I realized this would be my last season at Liverpool, I made sure I treated every day, every training session like it was the last and didn’t take anything for granted .

“I enjoyed the past six months as much as any year while I was at the club.”

And while Lallana, who joined Brighton & Hove Albion over the summer, admits it was difficult to leave Merseyside, he is now enjoying his new life with the East Sussex outfit.

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“It was difficult to leave. But I wouldn’t say I miss it or feel homesick, ”he added.

“Meeting new people and making new relationships with teammates is so refreshing and I needed something. It has been absolutely fantastic.


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