The Mirror have claimed that Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana will sign a new deal with the club in order to remain at Anfield until the season is over – amid the chance of an extended break that could see his contract expire.
Lallana, 31, is expected to leave Liverpool when the season ends and his current contract expires on June 30. However, with the Covid-19 pandemic, the current season may not be completed until after Lallana’s contract finishes.
A number of players across plenty of different teams may be facing similar dilemmas, while loan stars may be forced to return to their parent clubs before the end. Pedro Chirivella, Nathaniel Clyne and Andy Lonergan are also out of contract in June.
However, Lallana remains a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s side and the midfielder is expected to sign a new deal in order to keep him in a Liverpool shirt until the end of the current campaign – before then looking for a new club.
TBR’s view – Lallana contract could set a precedent
Handing Lallana a new type of contract could set a new precedent for many other players throughout Europe. Willian at Chelsea, Thomas Meunier at PSG, Dries Mertens at Napoli and Jan Vertonghen at Tottenham are just a number of examples.
If Lallana signs a deal that allows him to remain at Liverpool until the end of the season, whenever that may be, it may see an influx of out-of-contract players agree to sign a deal keeping them until all 2019-20 games are played.