Exclusive: Liverpool plan to sell big name Klopp calls 'Joy to watch' next year
Liverpool are planning to sell Adam Lallana next year if he remains on the fringes of their team, Football Insider understands.
The attacking midfielder, 31, has made just one start this season, in the League Cup win at MK Dons, despite being in the matchday squad for all but one game.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that the club are going to be willing to listen to offers for Lallana at the end of the season if he can’t force his way back into the side.
A January move will almost certainly be blocked for the 34-times England international as Jurgen Klopp does not want to lose any players who could have big roles to play in the second half of the campaign.
Lallana is out of contract next summer but the club have the option to extend his deal by 12 months.
It is likely the Champions League holders will trigger the extension even if they subsequently sell him, as it would mean they can secure a significant fee for a player who would otherwise leave for nothing.
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Lallana has put his injury troubles behind him to be a regular in Liverpool’s matchday squad this season after two years of mixed availability.
But he is behind Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the battle for three midfield slots.
He no longer appears to be considered a viable option by Klopp for one of the three attacking positions.
The manager has spoken gushingly of Lallana in the past, hailing him as a “pure joy to watch” and “incredible” only in March as he worked his way back to full fitness.
Since signing from Southampton in 2014, the versatile midfielder has made 161 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 21 goals and supplying 20 assists.