Brendan Rodgers has begun his recruitment of Adam Lallana in the most thinly veiled of ways, calling the Liverpool midfielder “a fantastic player” and saying “he will be weighing up his options” ahead of the expiration of his contract this summer.
Simply put, if Rodgers gets his way, Lallana will be wearing the blue and white of Leicester City next season:
“Adam is a fantastic player and one I brought into Liverpool. I have been aware of his talents since he was a young player at Southampton.
“He has done brilliantly [at Liverpool] and I’m sure he will be weighing up his options. But, I don’t need to speak about that now. We’ve spoken about that all through January. I don’t need to speak about the summer transfer window.
“I would only add he is a top-class player.”
Leicester won’t be the only Premier League side to come calling if/when Lallana’s contract expires without a new deal in place, but the shared history which Rodgers points out could prove a tiebreaker over any other club offering a similar financial package. Lallana has been at Anfield since the summer of 2014, when Rodgers was the Reds’ boss.