English Premiership

Klopp: Lallana is crucial to Liverpool

2017-02-27 14:40
Adam Lallana (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has emphasised the importance of holding on to midfielder Adam Lallana, after the player signed a new contract last week.

The England international penned a new three-year deal with the Reds after impressing the German tactician this season.

Lallana joined the Merseyside outfit from Southampton for £25m in 2014 and has since become one of the team's most valuable players.

"For me it was clear we had to try everything to keep a player like him. He is a very important player for us," Klopp told the press.

"I heard when I came in what a lot of people had said about him before I came in, but I actually only knew him from Southampton.

"Since I've been here he has been a really important player for all our development steps which we made - not only for him personally.

"I have a lot of time together with the players but I am not in the dressing room so you need to have players there too and he is one of them."

Meanwhile, caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare will be hoping to get off to a good start when he leads the Foxes in their first match of the post Ranieri era against Liverpool at the King Power Stadium on Monday night.

Shakespeare came in for criticism for his role played in the sacking of the Italian coach who was voted as Fifa's Coach of the Year last season.

Ranieri is believed to have lost the dressing room and became increasingly involved on the training pitch, in a move that left the highly-regarded Shakespeare marginalised.

Kick off is at 22:00.


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Monday, 16 December 2019
Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion, Selhurst Park 21:45
Saturday, 21 December 2019
West Ham United v Liverpool, London Stadium 02:00
Everton v Arsenal, Goodison Park 14:30
Norwich City v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Carrow Road 17:00
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace, St. James' Park 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Sheffield United, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Aston Villa v Southampton, Villa Park 17:00
AFC Bournemouth v Burnley, Vitality Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Leicester City, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 22 December 2019
Watford v Manchester United, Vicarage Road 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 18:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.