Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has expressed his gratitude at receiving a new three-year contract, saying the best is yet to come.
The 28-year-old signed improved terms with the club on Wednesday afternoon, with his spell on Merseyside extended to at least 2021, when he will be 32.
With Liverpool handing Lallana an £110,000-a-week deal, he has become one of their highest earners, and this is a strong showing of faith from Fenway Sports Group.
Developing into a key player for the Reds since Jurgen Klopp‘s arrival in 2015, Lallana has scored seven and assisted seven in 27 games so far this season.
“I would say I feel in this moment like I’m playing as well as I ever have—and if that is the case of course the next challenge is to maintain or improve,” he said.
“That is always the case at a club like this—you have to keep proving yourself and challenging yourself.
“I think my best years are still ahead of me because I feel so fresh and confident.
“You can’t always promise to be the best player on the pitch but I think you can promise to try your best each and every game.
“I try to do that and I think the Liverpool supporters see that in me.”
Lallana was clearly eager to sign a new deal with the club, and particularly given he is set to earning considerably less than Philippe Coutinho (£150,000 a week), who extended his terms in January.
And continuing to discuss his new deal, the No. 20 highlighted the supporters, and the “world-class” Klopp, as two factors behind his commitment.
“I’m very proud and feel quite humbled by the show of faith from the club and the manager in particular,” he continued.
“Signing for a club like Liverpool is obviously a big thing—but to re-sign shows you’ve obviously contributed enough that the people who make the decisions want you to stay longer.
“This is a really good place to be at the moment and, for a player who wants to be part of something special, I can’t think of a better club to commit your future to.
“We have a brilliant squad of players who are only going to get better the longer we are together. We have a world-class manager and coaching staff.
“And because it’s Liverpool there is that added X-factor of the supporters and what success would mean to them when we achieve it here.
“I’m just delighted that I’m going to be part of it for even longer.”