Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has privately urged Liverpool star Adam Lallana to make the most of the final years of his career by finding a new club this summer, Football Insider can reveal.
The attacking midfielder, 31, has made just six starts among his 16 Liverpool appearances this season after an injury-ravaged 2017-18 campaign.
A Spurs source has told Football Insider that Pochettino, who is close to Lallana after managing him for two seasons at Southampton, has told him not to waste the last years of a career that has stagnated.
The Argentine and the England international are in regular contact, with the ex-Saints captain speaking with great warmth about Pochettino in a chapter of the manager’s 2017 autobiography, Brave New World.
Lallana claimed, “I’d love to work with him again” but there is little likelihood of him making a summer move to Tottenham, who will concentrate this summer on signing younger players.
Lallana joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2014 for a fee of around £25million and has gone on to make 156 appearances, scoring 21 goals and supplying 20 assists.
However, he is set to be on the bench for the Champions League final for the second consecutive year after failing to find his way past an army of attacking talent in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Football Insider columnist Danny Mills is convinced Lallana will be a player in demand if he makes up his mind to leave and claimed it would be the player’s decision to do so as Liverpool would prefer to hang on to him.
“You almost forget about him but he is very gifted and a talented footballer,” Mills told Football Insider. “I would almost say he more fits the Man City style, he’d be perfect for them with his short, darting runs and clever runs in behind.
“Liverpool will definitely want to keep him but it might come down to him wanting to reignite his career. If that’s the case, he’s going to go. He’s such a good player he won’t be short of interested clubs.”
Lallana will be out of contract at Liverpool in the summer of 2020.