Adam Lallana has been confirmed in Jurgen Klopp’s squad to face Chelsea in Liverpool’s penultimate match of the season.
Liverpool’s official website confirmed that the Englishman could be set to make his final Anfield appearance during an evening where the Reds will finally be presented the Premier League trophy.
“He will be in the squad, 100 per cent,” Klopp told the club’s website.
“That’s the good thing in my job that I can decide that and it was 100 per cent clear that it will happen tonight.
“I want him to be there in the full kit and feel how important he is and was for us during my five years of being here now.
“Each day together with him was a joy, to be honest. Working together with somebody who loves football that much and throws his heart and soul into each session was new to me.
“Honestly, we have a few players like this – but Adam is exceptional because usually when you are skilled like he is, it’s often the case that you lack a little bit of attitude.
“The mix he brings here is really special.
“He was so important and so that’s why it was 100 per cent clear he would be in the squad tonight and I am happy we can do that.”
“That's what he deserves for all of the things he did for us." ❤️
— Liverpool FC (Premier League Champions 🏆) (@LFC) July 22, 2020
The perfect farewell
It will be the perfect send-off for one of Liverpool’s current longest-serving players.
Lallana, 32, joined the Reds in 2014 from Southampton for a fee of £25 million (BBC).
The former England international has been one of the key players in laying the groundwork for Liverpool and Klopp to take the team to the next level.
He has clocked up 178 appearances over a six-year spell at Anfield, registering 22 goals and the same number of assists.
Lallana has been limited to just three PL starts this term but he did score one of the crucial goals of the campaign after coming off the bench at Old Trafford to grab a late equaliser against Manchester United and maintain Liverpool’s unbeaten run back in October.
The end of the road
Since Project Restart, Lallana has yet to be named in any of Klopp’s PL matchday squads after the manager confirmed he didn’t want the player to suffer an injury before making a decision on his next destination.
Although Lallana isn’t expected to start, it is likely he will come off the bench to represent Liverpool at Anfield for a final occasion.
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