Martin Keown has urged Adam Lallana to consider a transfer away from Liverpool if he fails to safe common enjoying time ‘in the next couple of months’.
Injury issues meant Lallana managed simply 16 appearances for Liverpool final season and the 31-year-old midfielder has solely made two substitute appearances up to now this time period.
In preparation for his new function, Lallana has been learning Fabinho and Barcelona wonderkid Frenkie de Jong as he waits for his likelihood in Liverpool’s first-team.
However, Keown believes the previous Southampton star should start eager about ‘moving on to pastures new’ for the great of his profession.
[Gareth] Southgate actually likes him however he’s actually suffered with harm,’ the ex-Arsenal defender informed talkSPORT.
‘Is it that point now? Can he get again within the staff? Has he fallen behind within the pecking order even at his personal soccer membership?
‘The difficulties of how you suffer psychologically, how difficult it is when you’ve been out for such a very long time, feeling a bit unloved, the place your function and might he match into this Liverpool staff.
‘If he can’t get into this Liverpool staff then he cant even be eager about the worldwide staff.’
‘If you look at his record in the last couple of seasons with just a handful of matches… I think at that point, if he’s not match once more, that dialog wants to be had with the supervisor.
‘It hurts you to the core every Saturday when your name isn’t on that listing of gamers which might be enjoying. What on earth are you there for in any other case?
‘Players can lose direction, get into that comfort zone, get detached from the group. They’re injured, there’s that life-style that comforts them to make them really feel a bit of bit higher. But you’re there to make one thing occur, to make your mark, to create historical past at that soccer membership and also you want to be on the soccer pitch to do this.
‘He may have to move on to pastures new, Lallana, if he doesn’t get into that staff inside the subsequent 4 or fives months .
‘There’s an terrible lot of video games arising, Champions League begins subsequent week, if he doesn’t play within the subsequent couple of months then he’ll be significantly contemplating transferring to one other membership.’
Lallana admits he’s struggled with changing into a peripheral determine at Liverpool, however is hopeful of constructing an even bigger influence this season.
‘I feel happy. I feel fit and strong,’ he stated earlier this week.
‘If I want to be part of this team, the best team in Europe, I need to keep improving and developing and that is what I have found difficult over the last two years because I have not been able to show that. I can’t be the identical participant, I want to be higher as a result of the staff is best.
‘I didn’t make the squad for the primary recreation of the season and that was a little bit of an eye-opener. I didn’t see that taking place. I hadn’t skilled that since I used to be rising up at Southampton.
‘But it’s a 60-game season and I have a look at my final couple of seasons and suppose: “Just be patient, be persistent and eventually my chance will come.”
‘If I am fit, I am sure I will contribute in a big way.’