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Adam Lallana chooses Liverpool stay over Southampton return

By William Eldridge

Published: 13:09, 8 June 2019

Liverpool playmaker Adam Lallana has insisted he will be staying at the club this summer despite reports of a potential exit this summer.

The England international has been linked with a move back to former side Southampton but the 31-year-old insists his future remains with the 2019 Champions League winners.

The talented midfielder has struggled with injuries over the past couple of seasons and has missed a massive 38 games since the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign.

The Reds came close to getting their hands on the Premier League trophy for the first time in 29 years this season, missing out by a single point to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

Club boss Jurgen Klopp will surely be looking to improve his squad this summer but Lallana has stressed that any player making their way to Anfield in the upcoming months will not be taking his place in the squad.

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Speaking to reporters, Lallana said: “I’ve got a year left on my contract. I’ll be back, I’ll be training through the summer.

“I am as eager as ever to get fit because I know when I’m fit I’ve got a lot to give and I can get in this team.”

When pushed on his future and whether it remains at his current employers, Lallana ensured Reds fans and dampened rumours of a departure by confirming he intends to stick around at Anfield.

He continued: “Yeah. Absolutely no question about it. I couldn’t be happier here, winning Champions Leagues.

“I know my ability and I know what I can give. And the gaffer and his staff and the recruitment guys have all made it clear they know I have a big part to play with what’s to come next, so I’m buzzing with that.

“No question my future is here and I can’t wait for what’s next.”

Lallana’s time at Anfield: Five things you need to know…

  1. Adam Lallana made 260 appearances for Southampton prior to his move to Liverpool in 2014 for £25 million.
  2. Since then, the midfielder has appeared 156 times for the Reds, scoring 21 goals.
  3. The former Saint has 34 England caps, netting three goals, all of which came in 2016.
  4. Last season, Lallana started just five games in the Premier League.
  5. He hasn’t made more than 16 appearances for Liverpool since 2017.