Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has moved to put an end to the rumours suggesting he could depart Anfield this summer.
31-year-old attacking midfielder/winger Lallana has endured a hugely-frustrating last 2 years on Merseyside.
Following his most-productive campaign to date for the Reds in the 2016/17 season, during which he racked up 8 goals and 7 assists in the Premier League, a number of injury problems saw Lallana manage just a solitary league start over the course of the ensuing season.
And the English international’s fortunes did not exactly improve greatly over the last 10 months.
An early-season groin problem, coupled with the summer arrivals of the likes of Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri at Anfield, saw Lallana manage just 5 league starts all season.
As such, after being named as a surprise target for Turkish giants Fenerbahce in January, Lallana has since again been linked with a potential Liverpool exit this summer.
Reports last month suggested that the veteran was eyeing a return to former club Southampton, in search of regular first-team football.
‘Couldn’t be happier’
As such, speaking in an interview with PA Sport (via Goal) earlier today, Lallana was questioned on whether the 2018/19 season will mark his last in a Liverpool jersey.
The midfielder, though, ensured that this will not be the case, insisting he still has ‘a lot to give’ to Jurgen Klopp’s side:
‘I’ve got a year left on my contract. I’ll be back. I’ll be training through the summer.’
‘I am as eager as ever to get fit because I know when I’m fit I’ve got a lot to give and I can get in this team.’
When asked directly whether that means he wants he will remain at Anfield over the coming months, Lallana continued:
‘Yeah. Absolutely no question about it. I couldn’t be happier here, winning Champions Leagues.’
‘I know my ability and I know what I can give. And the gaffer and his staff and the recruitment guys have all made it clear they know I have a big part to play with what’s to come next. So I’m buzzing with that.’
‘No question my future is here. And I can’t wait for what’s next.’