Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is into his sixth season at Anfield now, but fans are unlikely to hope to see him embark on a seventh.
The 31-year-old made a bright start to his career on Merseyside after signing from Southampton in a £25 million deal back in 2014 (BBC Sport), but his contributions over the past couple of years have been minimal.
The star has had some rotten luck with injuries, meaning he has been unable to offer much for Liverpool on their route to becoming one of Europe’s biggest forces.
Lallana is fit again now, but he finds himself way down the pecking order for the Reds.
His current contract expires next summer, and the club have the option to extend it by another 12 months – but it is hard to see them taking up that option over the £110,000-a-week player (Spotrac).
There has been some talk from Jurgen Klopp about him potentially being coverted into a Jorginho-esque holding midfielder, but young Marko Grujic’s development over at Hertha Berlin is getting difficult to ignore.
TBR’s view – Lallana out, Havertz in
The ideal scenario for Liverpool next summer would be for Lallana to depart and the club to sign reported target Kai Havertz (Sport Bild).
The exciting Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder, still only 20, has frightening ability and is able to provide goals and assists on a fairly regular basis – last term he bagged 20 and assisted seven in all competitions.
Lallana is coming to the end of his Liverpool cycle, and £90 million-rated Havertz (Express) would be a dream signing for the Reds, whose midfield lacks that bit of creativity for all its energy and intensity.