Adam Lallana reveals how chat with ‘very honest’ Jurgen Klopp last October allowed him to plan move from Liverpool to Brighton after German boss told him he ‘deserved to be playing more’
- Adam Lallana knew his time at Liverpool was coming to a close last October
- It followed an honest chat in which Jurgen Klopp advised finding a new club
- 32-year-old midfielder was due to be out of contract at Anfield in the summer
- It led to Lallana signing for Brighton on a free after six seasons with Liverpool
- Lallana has praised Klopp for being so honest about his prospects of playing
Adam Lallana knew his time with Liverpool was drawing to a close following a chat with ‘very honest’ Jurgen Klopp last October.
The 32-year-old midfielder had spent six seasons at Liverpool, playing 178 times and scoring 22 goals.
But Lallana was being used by Klopp less frequently and made the move to Brighton at the end of last season with his Anfield contract set to expire.
Adam Lallana knew his time at Liverpool was coming to an end following a chat with Klopp
Lallana was being used mainly from the bench with his game time at Liverpool limited
Lallana has revealed that the Liverpool manager was upfront about his prospects of a new deal at the back end of last year, allowing him to look for another club.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘To give you a bit of an insight, I spoke to Jurgen in October of last year and just sat down and had an open conversation.
‘We had a great relationship and I just said, “what’s it looking like for me next year? I know I’m out of contract and I know I’m not playing regularly.”
‘Although I had a pretty big role in the squad around the team, I wanted a bit of honesty. He basically said to me in October, “get your agent to start looking for another club.”
‘That doesn’t mean you’re not in my plans or he isn’t going to use me. Four days later he brought me on at Old Trafford and I scored the equaliser and I think that shows what type of person Jurgen is. He’s very honest.
Klopp says farewell to Lallana during a training session shortly before his move to Brighton
The midfielder left Anfield a Premier League champion, playing in 15 league games in 2019-20
‘He said to me I deserve to be playing more and I deserve more game time and to be playing more.
‘He couldn’t offer that to me so from then I had his blessing and the club’s blessing to give my agent the go-ahead to speak to other clubs.’
Lallana ultimately played 22 times in all competitions last season as Liverpool ended their 30-year wait for a league title.
He also won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2019 having reached the final the previous year.
Lallana is now in the colours of Brighton and is seen playing against Manchester United
Klopp paid tribute to Lallana as he prepared to leave Liverpool back in July.
The German said: ‘For now, if you ask me about it, I miss already everything about him. He is one of the most influential players on the training quality I have ever had in my life. He is an incredible professional.
‘So he is one of the most important players of the time since I am here so I wish him only the best for the future.
‘From my point of view he is already a legend here, so he can become a legend somewhere else from next season on.’
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