Liverpool midfielder Lucas could be heading for the Anfield exit gates sooner rather than later after failing to secure a place in the club's opening day squad against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.
This has been reported by the Guardian, who claim that the Brazilian ace has now moved further down the pecking order on Merseyside following the summer arrival of James Milner, who joined the club on a free transfer from rivals Manchester City.
It appears, then, that with the trio of Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Joe Allen also ahead of the 28-year-old, the midfielder could depart Anfield in the near future.
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It's far from certain, of course, as to whether the Reds chief will allow the sale of Lucas, but it certainly appears that the player's long-term future at the club is in some doubt.
Ultimately, it looks set to be an interesting couple of weeks for the Brazilian, who may finally bring his Anfiled stint to an end.
Rodgers must decide
Ultimately, while Lucas will no doubt have a big say in his own future, it's crucial Brendan Rodgers makes the right decision with him before the end of the transfer window.
At the end of the day, with the Reds set to feature in the Europa League this term, the midfielder may yet have a role to play for the club, so it would be foolish of the hierarchy to totally disregard him.
Lucas may not play week in, week out, but he could yet prove to be an important squad member for the club.
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