Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva would welcome the signing of AC Milan star Nigel De Jong, because it would benefit the collective squad, reports Sky Sports.

The Brazil international is currently sidelined by injury, and so the Merseyside club have been linked with a number of midfield reinforcements in the run up to transfer deadline day.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been credited with an interest in bringing De Jong to Anfield, as he looks to strengthen his options in a bid to maintain Liverpool's pursuit of Champions League qualification, via a top four finish this season.

Lucas insists he would have no qualms about an increase in competition for places, and is open to the idea of the Holland international returning to England on loan.

"He is a good player and produced many good performances at Manchester City," the 27-year-old told ESPN Brasil. "If he comes it will be good for the squad because it's important to have a strong squad.

"I believe that if anyone comes who plays in my position it will not be because of my injury but rather to strengthen the squad."

The South American is expected to be out of action for around two months with a knee ligament injury, and despite what he says, De Jong would act as an effective replacement for the crocked star, should he agree a short-term move until the end of the current campaign.

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