Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana fears he has no future in Jurgen Klopp’s squad, and has told friends he would welcome a return to former club Southampton, according to an Express Sport exclusive.
The 31 year old left the Saints for Anfield in 2014, and despite getting his Liverpool career off to a good start, the attacker has been dogged by injury during the last two seasons, severely restricting his game time.
Klopp had previously stated that Lallana had a place in his squad, however with his contract set to expire in 2020, the German coach could be tempted into cashing in on the Southampton academy product.
Express Sport’s report claims the Saints are also aware of Lallana’s thoughts on the matter, and are monitoring his situation.
The Reds are expected to demand around £13million for the former Saint, and while the club can afford to bring him back to St Mary’s, they are concerned by his injury record.
Saints legend Francis Benali would love to see Lallana return to the club, but admits fans may not be so keen on a deal. As reported by Express Sport, Benali said:
It’s a difficult situation for him to get back in the [Liverpool] team. It’s a scenario that many players would find difficult.
But what would be the tough thing is would the supporters welcome players [like Lallana] back to the club?
It’s a relationship between the two clubs that has certainly spiked the nerves of Southampton fans with a lot of our top players leaving for Liverpool.
I just like to see good, talented and passionate players that want to play for Southampton – playing for my team. However that happens, I’m quite open to anything.