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Arsenal legend Martin Keown tells ‘unloved’ Adam Lallana to consider Liverpool exit

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Adam Lallana only made 16 appearances for Liverpool last season (Picture: Getty)

Martin Keown has urged Adam Lallana to consider a move away from Liverpool if he fails to secure regular playing time ‘in the next couple of months’.

Injury problems meant Lallana managed just 16 appearances for Liverpool last season and the 31-year-old midfielder has only made two substitute appearances so far this term.

Jurgen Klopp hinted at a position change for Lallana by experimenting with the England international as a No.6 in pre-season.

In preparation for his new role, Lallana has been studying Fabinho and Barcelona wonderkid Frenkie de Jong as he waits for his chance in Liverpool’s first-team.

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However, Keown believes the former Southampton star must begin thinking about ‘moving on to pastures new’ for the good of his career.

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[Gareth] Southgate really likes him but he’s really suffered with injury,’ the ex-Arsenal defender told talkSPORT. 

‘Is it that time now? Can he get back in the team? Has he fallen behind in the pecking order even at his own football club?

Lallana has badly struggled with injuries over the last two seasons (Picture: Getty)

‘The difficulties of how you suffer psychologically, how difficult it is when you’ve been out for such a long time, feeling a bit unloved, where your role and can he fit into this Liverpool team.

‘If he can’t get into this Liverpool team then he cant even be thinking about the international team.’

Keown believes Lallana should be thinking about leaving Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

‘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 fit again, that conversation needs to be had with the manager.

‘It hurts you to the core every Saturday when your name isn’t on that list of players that are playing. What on earth are you there for otherwise?

‘Players can lose direction, get into that comfort zone, get detached from the group. They’re injured, there’s that lifestyle that comforts them to make them feel a little bit better. But you’re there to make something happen, to make your mark, to create history at that football club and you need to be on the football pitch to do that.

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‘He may have to move on to pastures new, Lallana, if he doesn’t get into that team within the next four or fives months .

‘There’s an awful lot of games coming up, Champions League starts next week, if he doesn’t play in the next couple of months then he’ll be seriously considering moving to another club.’

The midfielder has made two substitute appearances this term (Picture: Getty)

Lallana admits he’s struggled with becoming a peripheral figure at Liverpool, but is hopeful of making a bigger impact this season.

‘I feel happy. I feel fit and strong,’ he said 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 same player, I need to be better because the team is better.

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‘I didn’t make the squad for the first game of the season and that was a bit of an eye-opener. I didn’t see that happening. I hadn’t experienced that since I was growing up at Southampton.

‘But it is a 60-game season and I look at my last couple of seasons and think: “Just be patient, be persistent and eventually my chance will come.”

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‘If I am fit, I am sure I will contribute in a big way.’

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