'The players will be delighted' - Liverpool Exclusive: Pundit reacts as Lallana deal is done
Kevin Phillips insisted it would be “a fitting end” to Adam Lallana’s Liverpool career to lift the Premier League trophy after he signed a short-term extension at the club.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker suggested it will still be an incredible moment when the title is lifted despite despite it to be behind closed doors.
The club’s website confirmed that the 32-year-old, who joined from Southampton in 2014, has agreed a deal that will see him remain at the club for the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign.
Lallana‘s contract was due to expire on 30 June but this new deal will allow him to lift Liverpool’s first league title in 30 years – if the Reds can win two of their remaining nine fixtures.
The midfielder, who has dropped into deeper role over the last 12 months, has made 22 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side this term.
When asked by Football Insider if a trophy ceremony was the perfect send-off for the Englishman, Phillips said: “It would be a fitting end for him.
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“If you can lift a trophy at the end of your time at a club, and the Premier League after thirty years, that is the way to go out.
“I am looking forward to watching them do it. The players will be extremely delighted, even though it will be weird without fans in the stadium.
“It is a fitting way for him to bow out on a great Liverpool career.”
Klopp told the club’s website: “I know how highly sought after Adam is in this moment by other clubs who want him for next season, so for him this is a commitment to us and we are very appreciative to him for it.”
Football Insider understands Leicester City have offered Lallana a long-term contract.
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