Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana will be sold to a Premier League club in January if he has not signed a new contract by then, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Leeds United and Coventry City attacker explained that while Lallana is a fantastic player, he may not be at the level the Reds require any more.
Lallana, as well as fellow midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, reportedly refused to take time off during the international break in order to do some additional training at Melwood to help their first-team chances.
The 31-year-old, who has 34 caps for England, has only made three brief appearances in the Premier League this season and his current contract is currently on course to expire at the end of the campaign.
When asked if Lallana should be offered a new deal, Whelan told Football Insider: “I think come January if he hasn’t signed a new contract, you won’t be seeing him at the football club next year.
“Look, he’s a fantastic player they won’t be a shortage of clubs who will take him on, but it won’t be one of the top-four probably.
“One of the middling clubs will take the chance on him as I think it’s a different level of midfielder Liverpool are looking to get in at the club, due to the Champions League success and how close they came to the Premier League.
“I think it may just be a bit too much for Lallana now to push himself into the first-team.”
Lallana has been at Anfield since joining from Southampton in 2014 and has made a grand total of 161 appearances for the Reds.
The veteran attacking midfielder had an injury-hit 2018/19 campaign which saw him feature just 16 times across all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s side.