Jurgen Klopp hailed Adam Lallana, describing him as a Liverpool “legend”.
Lallana penned an extended contract at Anfield to cover the conclusion of the prolonged 2019-20 season .
He is expected to leave the Anfield outfit when the campaign concludes. It’s understood that 32-year-old has not been in any of Klopp’s four matchday squads since the restart .
Klopp said that he hasn’t bden playing him because does not want to risk a recurrence of the injury problems that have dogged the England international’s time on Merseyside.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League trip to Brighton and Hove Albion, Klopp praised Lallana’s service throughout his time at the club .
“Adam is, oh my God… it’s clear that Adam will leave the club,” Klopp said. “If you know ask me now, I miss already everything about him and he’s still here.
“He is an outstanding player, one of the most influential players in training quality I’ve had in my life. He’s an incredible professional.
“Now we have a difficult situation, I respect that a lot. Everything with Adam is sorted – he’s top fit, he’s training, everything is fine.
“But the future is his future. If we need his help on the pitch, we can get it. He’s there and trains 100 per cent.
“As long as we don’t need it, he will just train. That’s the normal thing. There were a lot of discussions with players about ending contracts. Here it was not even a discussion. It was clear for Adam, we extend his contract. He wanted to do that as well.
“But we will not put any risk on his future. That is absolutely clear. He is one of the most important players of the time since I’m here.
“I wish him only the best for the future and, from my point of view, he is already a legend here.
“He can now start being a legend somewhere else from next season on.”