Adam Lallana has revealed that Jurgen Klopp told him back in October 2019, that he would likely be leaving Liverpool.
The 32-year-old enjoyed six seasons at Anfield, ending his spell as the Reds won their first Premier League title in a generation.
After allowing his contract to expire, Lallana joined Brighton on a free transfer as he looks to earn more first-team opportunities.
Lallana found himself in and out of Klopp’s title winning line-up and has now detailed the honest chats that all but confirmed his Liverpool exit.
"To give you a bit of an insight, I spoke to Jurgen (Klopp) in October of last year and just sat down and had an open conversation,” Lallana told BBC Radio Five Live.
"We have a great relationship and I just said 'what's it looking like for me next year?'. I know I'm out of contract and I know I'm not playing regularly.
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"Although I had a pretty big role in the squad around the team, I wanted a bit of honesty. He basically said to me in October, ‘get your agent to start looking for another club’.
"That doesn't mean you're not in my plans or he isn't going to use me. Four days later he brought me on at Old Trafford and I scored the equaliser and I think that shows what type of person Jurgen is. He's very honest.
"He said to me I deserve to be playing more and I deserve more game time and to be playing more. He couldn't offer that to me so from then I had his blessing the club's blessing to give my agent the go-ahead to speak to other clubs about next season, which is now this season."
The England international left Liverpool with Klopp hailing him as a club legend for his performances during his tenure on Merseyside.
Back in July, Klopp said: “For now, if you ask me about it, I miss already everything about him. He is one of the most influential players on the training quality I have ever had in my life. He is an incredible professional.
“So he is one of the most important players of the time since I am here so I wish him only the best for the future.
“From my point of view he is already a legend here, so he can become a legend somewhere else from next season on.”
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