Adam Lallana‘s time at Liverpool could come to an end this summer, with the club reportedly having “worked on” replacements for him and two other outfielders.
The Reds’ campaign culminated in jubilant celebrations both in Madrid and on Merseyside, as Lallana joined his team-mates in lifting the Champions League.
It was the 31-year-old who embraced a tearful Jordan Henderson at the final whistle, but unlike his close friend, Lallana was limited to a bench role throughout.
Overall, Lallana played just 568 minutes over 16 games in 2018/19, with the only senior outfielder to record fewer being Alberto Moreno (344 in five games).
Amid another injury-hit season, the England international has seen his stock drop further, and with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returning from a long spell out and James Milner set to be offered a new deal, his prospects seem bleak.
Maddock notes that, with the latter pair set to depart on the expiry of their contracts, the Reds “may also listen to offers” for their No. 20.
He claims the club “has worked on possible replacements for those three players,” which would likely fill backup roles within Jurgen Klopp‘s squad.
This is in contrast with Divock Origi—the focus of Maddock’s report—with the latest being that Liverpool had decided to offer the Belgian a new “long-term contract,” having previously planned a year’s extension to 2021.
It would come as no surprise to see Lallana leave Anfield this summer, given he has played less than half the amount of minutes over the past two seasons (1,024) that he did in 2016/17 alone (2,607).
His on-field importance has diminished significantly, and though like Moreno and Sturridge he is an big influence in the dressing room, one must complement the other.
Interestingly, few names have been touted at this stage regarding midfield targets, unlike both left-back and attack where a variety of players have been linked.