After 346 appearances, seven goals and 21 assists over a decade at Liverpool, it is time to bid farewell to Lucas Leiva.
Having become something of a ‘cult hero’ at Liverpool during his ten years at the club, Lucas Leiva will be leaving the Premier League for Serie A this summer.
The Brazilian recently celebrated his testimonial year but knows he is a utility player under Jürgen Klopp and the competition for a place in the team will only get stronger in the season ahead.
Liverpool have allowed Lucas to discuss terms with other clubs, and he has almost left in previous transfer windows but chose to remain on Merseyside as the club needed cover at centre-half and in midfield. With the Reds hoping to add a midfielder and centre-back to the squad before the transfer window closes it is difficult to see how Lucas will get regular football, unless there are injuries.
At the end of last season Lucas admitted his future may lie away from Anfield, but the decision will be made together with the club.
Lazio have offered Liverpool £5m for the midfielder, the same as what was paid to Gremio in 2007. He was heavily linked with a move to Lazio’s Serie A rivals, Inter Milan, but the switch never materialised. Klopp had previously said he would look favourably at the situation of Lucas given his decade-long service but the reality was that he would not be guaranteed playing time this season.
Liverpool’s 2010/11 Player of the Year won just one trophy during his time with the Reds – the 2011/12 League Cup – but he was a fan favourite and his passion clearly shone through.
He’s our adopted scouser. The Brazilian who understands what the club means for the fans and the city. He has earned the respect of every Liverpool fan and was a brilliant servant for the club. All the best at Lazio, Lucas.
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) July 14, 2017