'Once in a lifetime opportunity' - Exclusive: Liverpool agree terms of new deal, Whelan drools
Noel Whelan has been left drooling over the news that Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has penned a short-term extension at Anfield.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims it is only right that the 32-year-old sees out the season with the Reds after six years on Merseyside.
Liverpool confirmed earlier this week that Lallana had put pen to paper over a short-term extension which will see him remain at Anfield until the end of the Premier League campaign.
Adam Lallana has agreed a short-term extension that will enable him to complete the remainder of the 2019-20 season with the club 🙌
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 9, 2020
His previous terms were set to expire at the end of the month, meaning he would have become a free agent before the season was completed.
With Liverpool on the verge of picking up their first Premier League title, Whelan believes it is only right Lallana has been given the chance to see out the campaign with his teammates.
Whelan told Football Insider: “He’s going to want to be part of this title-winning team, which is not far away. The club and player, great relationship, you can see that with Jurgen Klopp, he’s been a great servant at Anfield.
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“Rightly so he signs a short-term deal and he enjoys and experiences that Premier League winning feeling. I think it’s a fantastic way to leave the club, with a feeling like that, achieving something that not many players will achieve in their lifetime.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for him and he’ll be taking his Premier League medal away with him. He’s had a great spell there, Champions League, now the Premier League – he’s ticking most boxes that most Premier League players want to achieve in their lifetime.”
Lallana has played a squad role for Liverpool this season, with just eight starts from his 20 appearances.
He has a total of 178 games under his belt for the Reds, who have nine games left to play in the Premier League.
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