Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has revealed his hopes to stay at the club next season.

The Brazilian international has produced a string of impressive performances at Anfield this term, winning over the Liverpool fans after a slow start at the club under Rafael Benitez.

Reports in the Italian press have linked the player with a potential move to Napoli, but the 24-year-old has reaffirmed his commitment to the Merseysiders and is hopeful that Liverpool want to keep him in the summer.

“Always in the summer a few players will go and a few players will come, so we have to wait and see. We want to finish this season well. I hope to be one of those that stays in the summer," said the player.

"I still have one year left on my contract after this season so I have a commitment with the club, and I’m doing everything to show I am capable to be here. This season has been very good for me, and I just want to keep that going. I only have to convince two people – Dalglish and the Brazil national team manager."

Lucas also lauded the efforts of the new Liverpool management duo, Kenny Dalglish and Steve Clarke.


 

The pair appear to have been instrumental in changing the club's fortunes following the departure of Roy Hodgson, and the former Gremio star recognises the role they've played.

“He (Dalglish) is really important for the club and the fans. As soon as he arrived, we changed the way we were training," the £5 million 2007 signing continued.

"Steve (Clarke) is also a good addition for the club. The team now trusts in everybody and we have to move on and keep going. We know we can compete and beat anyone."

Liverpool will be hoping for success in the Europa League this season, their only chance at silverware in the campaign. Lucas is set to feature in the clash against Braga tonight.

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