In a surprising revelation, former Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has dropped hints suggesting that this season might mark the end of their illustrious football career.
Lallana joined the Reds from Southampton in 2014 and became a key figure under Jurgen Klopp who took over the reigns at Anfield in 2016.
The 35-year-old won the Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, and UEFA Super Cup during his six years at the club.
He departed Liverpool after his contract expired in 2020 and joined Brighton & Hove Albion on a free transfer.
Since his move to the Amex Stadium, Adam Lallana has seamlessly integrated his playing duties with coaching responsibilities. Notably, he assumed the role of interim player-coach at Brighton after Graham Potter’s departure to Chelsea last season.
In addition to his contributions at the club level, Lallana expanded his involvement in coaching by joining Lee Carsley’s England Under-21s backroom staff in September last year.
Speaking about his future, Adam Lallana told My Albion TV, “When I was injured last year, he (De Zerbi) said, ‘Just shadow me for four months.”
“I was in his office before games, after games. Telling me about the team, what he wants to do, who he’s going to play there.
“Just hearing that and being in those situations is great learning. I feel I helped his initial bedding-in period. I helped him a lot get his message across to the group.
“I’ve had that as a skill throughout my career. I remember when Mauricio (Pochettino) came to Southampton, when Jurgen (Klopp) came to Liverpool, I always had the ability to get the manager’s messages across to the players and that was kind of the same here.
“It (interest in coaching) probably started at Liverpool where my game-time wasn’t… I had a lot of injuries and you start to see the game differently. You start to think about you might not always be a player.
“And then you get to your thirties and you’re like, ‘Woah, it is coming to an end sooner or later’, so you start thinking differently. Getting your message across and helping young players.”
The Englishman added, “I‘m doing my badges now so at the end of the season I’ll have my ‘B’ and my ‘A’. It’ll be difficult to do my ‘Pro’ while I’m still playing.
“I will get to the end of the season first and see what happens with my playing career. I’m not sure if this will be my last year playing, but that is a conversation later in the season.
“We’re juggling enough balls at the moment with Europe, and fitness, and coaching badges, and getting back to the family as and when I can. It’s a full schedule, let’s put it that way at the moment. But I’m completely loving life and I’m not taking any second for granted.
“I’m still not a million percent sure if I want to do it (coaching and management). I think I’ll be stupid not to give it a chance though considering I’ve spent 15 years being a footballer. Especially in the last five, six, seven years, I feel like the way I’ve been on the pitch in terms of a player, I’ve always tried to help team-mates.
“Eventually you’ve got to learn on the job, you’ve got to take a job. That’s where I think you really feel if you want to do it or not. You say to me, “Do I want to be a coach?’ It sounds nice but until you do it and taste it, I’m not sure.”