Liverpool are reportedly set to follow Philippe Coutinho’s contract renewal by rewarding Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren with new long-term contracts
The reliable James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo has reported that Liverpool are set to reward Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren with new long-term contracts. Meanwhile, German midfielder Emre Can is stalling over a new deal with the Reds.
This is looking like the advent of the contract renewal season at Anfield. Earlier today, Philippe Coutinho signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool that reportedly ties him up with Liverpool until 2022 and makes the Brazil international the club’s highest wage earner of all time.
It now looks like the extension handed out to Coutinho is only the start for Liverpool as the Reds have now turned their attention towards securing the long-term futures of both Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren, with the duo continuing to impress under Jurgen Klopp.
Both Lallana and Lovren moved to Anfield in the summer of 2014 after enjoying a sensational season with Southampton in the 2013/14 campaign where they finished eighth in the Premier League table, with each player costing Liverpool a staggering £25 million.
Both were immediately installed into Brendan Rodgers’ first-team setup, but they failed to recreate the impact that had seen them be such influential figures in Southampton’s successful season. As both struggled to replicate their stellar performances from the previous season there were calls for their removal from the first team.
However, after Jurgen Klopp’s appointment following Rodgers’ removal from the helm at Anfield, things started taking a turn for the better for the duo. While Lovren looks like a man reborn with his solid displays at the back, Lallana has become a revered figure among the Anfield faithful as an important member of the Liverpool midfield.
In fact, Lallana has now well and truly evolved as a midfielder, with his darting runs, eye for goals and quick, deft movement making him such a huge threat for opposition defences. Numbers prove that as well, with the England international bagging seven goals and as many assists in 20 games so far this season.
Lallana’s exploits for Liverpool this season have led to rampant speculation surrounding his future at the club, with PSG being heavily linked with a mega money move for the 28-year-old midfielder.
Lovren, on the other hand, has struck an impressive partnership with Joel Matip, and the two have combined well in the heart of the Liverpool defence for large parts of the season. Both Lallana and Lovren have two-and-a-half years remaining on their current contracts.
Meanwhile, Pearce also added that Emre Can is stalling over contract talks with Liverpool as the midfielder has been unable to reach an agreement with Liverpool over the terms of his new deal.
Can has been one of the key players for Liverpool ever since moving to Anfield from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014. In more than two years since, the 23-year-old has notched up more than 100 appearances for the Reds, scoring six goals during the period.
However, with just 18 months remaining on his current contract, and with recent links with Juventus, Liverpool are in a precarious position with a player who has been touted to be a midfield mainstay for the Reds for years to come.