Adam Lallana is set to sign a short-term extension to his Liverpool contract to ensure the midfielder is available for the club’s remaining fixtures of the Premier League season.
The England international is expected to leave Liverpool on a free transfer this summer in search of greater first-team opportunities, with former manager Brendan Rodgers and Leicester City believed to be the favourites to secure his signing this summer.
Lallana’s current contract is set to expire on June 30 but the club are keen to keep him until the end of the rescheduled Premier League season, the league leaders set to return to action in a behind-closed-doors Merseyside derby on June 21.
According to the Telegraph, the midfielder is also keen to stay on a short-term basis with Liverpool on the verge of sealing a first league title in three decades, though the terms of the extension – expected to be signed in the coming days – will be reduced from his current contract.
The report does however highlight the ‘complications’ of a short term extension, with Liverpool still to face a number of of the clubs who may be interested in Lallana’s services over the final games of the season. There is also a heightened risk for injury, though Klopp is only planning to utilise the playmaker ‘sparingly’, with minutes for the likes of Takumi Minamino, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliot all set to be prioritised.
One player, however, who will not receive a short-term extension is Nathaniel Clyne. The full-back is currently recovering from an ACL injury that has ruled him out for the entirety of the campaign thus far and will be released from his contract after five years on Merseyside on June 30, the 29-year-old making just 103 appearances for the club.