Midfielder Adam Lallana has an important role to play on and off the field for Liverpool, according to boss Jurgen Klopp.
The England international’s form this season saw him rewarded with a new £110,000-a-week three-year contract last Wednesday as he enjoys his best season since arriving at the club in the summer of 2014.
Lallana has been transformed by the German but while he has been undoubtedly influential on the pitch it is what he offers the side in addition to his playing skills which has made him a key component of Klopp’s plans for the future.
“For me it was clear we had to try everything to keep a player like him. He is a very important player for us,” said the Reds boss.
“I heard when I came in what a lot of people 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.”