Liverpool have been handed a major boost ahead of the Europa League final after Adam Lallana denied having any interest in moving to Tottenham Hotspur to link-up with former manager Mauricio Pochettino. Lallana is expected to be part of the Reds team that takes on Sevilla in Basel on Wednesday (18 May), and on the eve of the game he has pledged to remain on Merseyside until at least the end of his contract.
The Sun reported earlier this month that Spurs had made Lallana their number one priority target during the upcoming summer transfer window, with Pochettino having asked chairman Daniel Levy to make the move happen. The report added that that the North London club, who finished third in the Premier League, would be required to pay at least £20m ($29m) for the 28-year-old.
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamman has urged Jurgen Klopp to give Lallana a second chance to impress, with the England international yet to recapture the form that saw him win a move to Anfield from Southampton in 2014. The player himself has calmed any fears he is set to leave the club, stating he is committed to Liverpool.
"No, not for me," he said when asked about a move, according to The Guardian. "I've got three years left on my contract and I'm really enjoying my football under this manager and getting to two cup finals. I have always had a good relationship with Pochettino. We are very good friends off the pitch but I am at a massive club, playing some of my best football and getting to cup finals. It would be very difficult. I'm sure he knows that."
Lallana has been among the chief beneficiaries of Klopp's appointment in October to replace Brendan Rodgers, with the player having become a key player for Liverpool and among the first names on the teamsheet. After playing a bit part in the Capital One Cup final defeat to Manchester City in February, Lallana is looking forward to a central role against reigning champions Sevilla.
"It was a fresh start for everyone when he [Klopp] came in," he added. "I just feel really appreciated under this manager. The last seven months have been very important for me. I feel as though I have established myself at Liverpool and I am enjoying it.
"I can't wait for Wednesday. I've finished sorting the tickets out and making sure my family get over there. Liverpool have been to big cup finals before but for myself there was just the Johnstone's Paint trophy a few years ago so I am really looked forward to this. It will be a special night."