Adam Lallana might be on his way out of Liverpool at the end of the season after seven years with the Reds.
The 31-year-old had been tipped to sign a new deal after impressing Jurgen Klopp at times this season, although his lack of game time since the start of the campaign left many feeling as though he was an expendable member of the squad.
Liverpool is understood to be closing in on a £7.25m deal for Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Takumi Minamino, who can operate in a similar role to Lallana.
When asked whether the Japan international will take Lallana's place in the squad, The Athletic's James Pearce revealed that the Englishman is set to leave the club next summer.
"I'm not sure if [Minamino] is viewed as the Lallana replacement but it certainly strengthens that area of the squad," Pearce said. "Lallana will leave at the end of the season."
The Englishman has managed ten appearances in all competitions this season but has started just two Premier League games as Klopp has struggled to find a place for him in Liverpool's exciting attacking line.
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