Liverpool’s playmaker Adam Lallana will not play for the Merseyside Red again as the club honours an agreement with the out-of-contract Englishman not to put him at risk of injury.
The 32-year-old midfielder has signed a short-term contract with the Merseyside Reds but it was clear from the beginning that he would depart from the club this summer.
And while Lallana is available to play should he be needed, head-coach Jurgen Klopp respects the player enough not to risk his career.
“It is clear Adam will leave the club in the summer,” said the Reds boss.
“But now we have a difficult situation, but I will respect Adam a lot. And everything with Adam is sorted, let me say it like this.
“He is so fit, he is training, everything is fine. But yes, the future is his future, and if we need his help on the pitch we can get it. He is there.
“He trains 100 per cent but as long as we don’t need it, he will just train. That is the normal thing.
“I think there were a lot of discussions about players without contracts, with him there was not even a discussion.
“It was clear Adam would extend his contract and he wants to do that as well, but he will not put any risk on his future or whatever. That is absolutely clear.
“For now, if you ask me about it, I miss already everything about him. He is one of the most influential players on the training quality I have ever had in my life. He is an incredible professional.
“So he is one of the most important players of the time since I am here so I wish him only the best for the future.
“From my point of view he is already a legend here, so he can become a legend somewhere else from next season on.”