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Liverpool’s Lallana a reported MLS target

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool: Premier league 2

STEVENAGE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05: Adam Lallana of Liverpool warms up prior to the Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at The Lamex Stadium on February 5, 2018 in Stevenage, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

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Adam Lallana could be a hit in Major League Soccer, couldn’t he?

The 31-year-old Liverpool man is out of contract this summer, and The Telegraph said clubs in China and MLS are hoping to lure him to their shores.

Lallana has scored 22 times with 21 assists in 164 appearances for Liverpool following his remarkable tenure at Southampton, and picked up his 34th cap in March 2018.

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He’s been hit by injuries over the past two seasons, and the report says that Jurgen Klopp would like to talk the Englishmen into a new deal at Anfield.

Lallana’s not built the same as Wayne Rooney nor is he as loud a presence, but he’s much younger than the latter was when he arrived in MLS. It’s reasonable to expect that Lallana can have a similar on-field impact.

Sporting KC’s Johnny Russell is younger than Lallana but has been a double-digit threat in goals and assists at the MLS level. We suspect Lallana’s tenure here would be somewhere between the two aforementioned imports.

It’s tricky to project, as MLS has seen few players of Lallana’s rep at his age. Premier League players have either come much later in their careers or with a much lower acumen. And that’s why we imagine the veteran may find a new home in England (or even return to Saints).

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