Adam Lallana has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool, the club confirmed on their official website on Wednesday.
Speculation of the Englishman committing his future to the club has been doing the rounds for a few weeks and it has now come to a good end, with Lallana indeed penning a new deal, following in the footsteps of fellow teammate Philippe Coutinho.
“I’m very proud and feel quite humbled by the show of faith from the club and the manager in particular,” Lallana told Liverpool’s official website.
“Signing for a club like Liverpool is obviously a big thing – but to re-sign shows you’ve obviously contributed enough that the people who make the decisions want you to stay longer.
“This is a really good place to be at the moment and, for a player who wants to be part of something special, I can’t think of a better club to commit your future to.”
Lallana has been experiencing possibly his best season at Liverpool, ever since joining from Southampton in 2014. The former Saints captain has developed under manager Jürgen Klopp, from an advanced right-wing role to occupying a deeper midfield position, from which he has thrived.
The England international has scored seven goals and recorded seven assists in the Premier League this season, becoming one of Klopp’s key players and establishing himself as a regular England national team player with two goals and a Player of the Year accolade for 2016. He has also become a Reds fan favourite, clinching the club sponsors’ Player of the Month trophy twice, first in September then in December.
The details of Lallana’s new contract haven’t been revealed by Liverpool, however, reports from the Liverpool ECHO do suggest that the 28-year-old has signed a new three-year deal worth £110,000 a week in wages.
Either way, Klopp couldn’t be more pleased with the news, with the German believing that the best is yet to come from his player.
“What I think is most exciting about this news is that this player is only just arriving at his peak. He has his very best years ahead of him and they will be at Liverpool,” Klopp told the club’s official website.
“He has a world-class attitude to go with outstanding ability: that’s not a bad combination.
“He is in fantastic shape and his passion for football is as high as I have seen in a player – you not only see that out on the pitch in matches, but also in training here at Melwood.
The Reds boss added, “Our younger players will now be able to benefit from watching, listening and learning from him for an even longer period because he sets the perfect example each and every day.”