Adam Lallana has played his final game for Liverpool, manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.
The Reds boss hailed the 32-year-old as a ‘legend’ before revealing he will not play again this season, having agreed not to put the player at risk of injury before his next move.
Lallana signed a short-term deal to complete the campaign with the Premier League champions following the football restart, but it was always the intension of the player and club for him to leave when his contract expired in the summer.
While that means the midfielder is available to play should he be needed, Klopp respects the player enough to not jeopardise his next career move.
Lallana has been a firm favourite of Klopp’s. The England international’s Anfield career may have been stunted be persistent injury issues, but the German has said on numerous occasions how important a figure he is in the Reds dressing room.
He’s a favourite of the Reds fans’ too, and has played his part in their Premier League title win this season with a dramatic equaliser in their 1-1 draw with rivals Manchester United back in October.
His last appearance came in Liverpool’s final fixture before the coronavirus lockdown – a 2-1 win over Bournemouth – and he will leave the club as an English, European and World Club Cup champion.
And Klopp wished him well for the future.
“It is clear Adam will leave the club in the summer,” said the Reds boss.
“But now we have a difficult situation, but I will respect Adam a lot. And everything with Adam is sorted, let me say it like this.
“He is so fit, he is training, everything is fine. But yes, the future is his future, and if we need his help on the pitch we can get it. He is there.
“He trains 100 per cent but as long as we don’t need it, he will just train. That is the normal thing.
“I think there were a lot of discussions about players without contracts, with him there was not even a discussion.
“It was clear Adam would extend his contract and he wants to do that as well, but he will not put any risk on his future or whatever. That is absolutely clear.
“For now, if you ask me about it, I miss already everything about him. He is one of the most influential players on the training quality I have ever had in my life. He is an incredible professional.
“So he is one of the most important players of the time since I am here so I wish him only the best for the future.
“From my point of view he is already a legend here, so he can become a legend somewhere else from next season on.”