Liverpool opinion: Adam Lallana wants out – Good move?
The 31-year-old has been phased out of the regular starting XI after struggling through various kinds of injuries. With Jurgen Klopp’s men now having other options in midfield, the Englishman has played very little football despite being fit.
For that reason, Lallana is ready to cut his losses on Merseyside and move back to a club that brought him into prominence – Southampton (h/t Mirror). It is claimed that the player has told his friends about the preference to move to South Coast during this transfer window. (h/t Mirror)
If Southampton are to make a move, they might have to pay in a region of £13m (h/t Mirror), as the Reds are looking to recoup at least half the money they spent on buying the player in the first place.
Here’s why it would be good for both Lallana and Liverpool that they part ways this summer:
Liverpool have other options to cover up for Lallana’s departure
Since the arrival of Fabinho and Naby Keita last summer, it was clear that Klopp now has several options in midfield to pick from. The likes of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum have continued to chip in as well.
Hence, it has been difficult for Lallana to step in. Furthermore, with the recent resurgence in form from captain Henderson in an advanced midfield role, a role the 31-year-old generally plays, it further reduces his chances of playing regularly at Anfield.
Moreover, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who missed almost the whole season due to an ACL injury, would be raring to go at the start of next season. Milner, who could have gone to Leeds United had they been promoted (h/t Birmingham Mail), might continue for one more year in Merseyside.
Therefore, it won’t be an exaggeration to say that Liverpool have enough midfield cover in their squad to bear the loss of Adam Lallana. On the other hand, it also shows that the former Southampton man isn’t going to get much game time.
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Thus, it would be good for the player to leave this summer, while the club may get some cash in their transfer kitty that can be used to strengthen elsewhere.