Adam Lallana has been offered a new contract with £150,000-a-week, much to the shock of Liverpool fans.
According to the Telegraph, Adam Lallana is on the verge of having his contract extended to 2022 with his wages being bumped up to £150,000-a-week. While there is no denying that Lallana has been very good this season, you’d also find it hard to deny that none of his quality has been seen since the turn of the year.
The decision to give the Englishman a new contract, while commendable, is also nonsensical. The basis for the contract extension is the form of half a season. That is made more bizarre by the fact that Liverpool’s season has plummeted and the Englishman has done very little to help rescue the situation. For £150,000-a-week, you’d expect him to do what he did in the beginning of the season consistently.
One particular piece of information which has riled the Liverpool fanbase is that Julian Draxler joined Paris-Saint Germain in January because the club refused to pay his £170,000-a-week wages and yet Lallana has been offered just £20,000-a-week less and is five years older.
Even though Draxler cost PSG what is believed to be in the region of £34 million, there is no denying that he would have improved Liverpool greatly.
Liverpool have been very poor in attacking areas in recent weeks, failing to score against Hull City last weekend. The frustration with FSG not paying what it takes for big players continues to frustrate Liverpool fans. The case with Draxler is not an isolated one.
Raheem Sterling left the club to both play with better players and earn more money. You might suggest that the presence of superior footballers and Man City is not the fault of Fenway Sports Group’s, but I am here to tell you it is.
In the last few years, Liverpool have missed out on the likes of Willian, Mohammed Salah, Henrik Mkhitaryan and more due to the failure of the club’s owners to splurge. All of those players would have taken Liverpool to the next level and made it easier to sign better players. Mario Götze is another case in point. He went to Dortmund to play in the Champions League which Liverpool have qualified for once in seven years.
Perhaps FSG paying their players higher wages is a sign of things to come. While I don’t have high hopes, the likes of Jöel Matip and Philippe Coutinho soon very soon Adam Lallana all earn over £100,00-a-week.
You don’t necessarily need to pay to perform well, as Tottenham are proving with Daniel Levy’s wage structure, but you will also struggle to attract and hold onto the world’s most talented players.
Regardless of what happens, it is very important to remember that Klopp is still dealing with a large portion of what was Brendan Rodgers’ squad. The expectation is that the German manager will bring in more faces this summer and we will begin to see more of what Klopp’s ideal Liverpool team will look like.