Liverpool are set to make a U-turn over Adam Lallana if the Premier League season is extended into the summer, Football Insider understands.
The midfielder is out of contract at the end of June and had been in line to head the list of stars exiting the club at the end of the season.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that the club may be forced to change tack and offer Lallana an extension to his deal should the football season be extended into July and beyond.
A rolling contract, perhaps on a week-by-week basis, is likely to be discussed by the Merseysiders.
It is one of multiple ramifications for the runaway Premier League leaders of the postponement following the coronavirus spread.
The original intention of Liverpool had been for Lallana, 31, to exit in June.
He has not been offered an extension to his contract by Liverpool after slipping down the pecking order in recent season, partly due to injury problems.
The England international has stayed fit in this campaign but has made just three Premier League starts among his 22 appearances in all competitions.
Nevertheless, he remains a key member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad and was on the bench for the Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid last week.
An extension of the domestic season is likely to see a situation in which governing bodies FIFA and the FA grant special dispensation for the short-term extension of contracts.
The Premier League announced last Friday that matches have been postponed until 4 August at the earlier.
The likelihood is that the suspension will continue way beyond that point, most likely into May, when the coronavirus is expected by scientists to start reaching a peak in the UK.
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