Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Lucas Leiva will remain at the club when the transfer window shuts next Monday.
And with club captain Jordan Henderson currently sidelined, Rodgers is unwilling to sanction a sale despite omitting the 28-year-old from their first two league games.
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"Yes," the Northern Irishman replied when asked if he believes Lucas would still be plying his trade on Merseyside this time next week.
“Lucas is our best defensive midfield player we have. There are games in which I will pay three midfield players and not always want a specific defensive one.
“But when we do need that, he's the best that we have."
“He came in at Arsenal and did a great job, and is very much part of what we want to do", he continued.
“Of course, every player wants to play every minute of every game and you can never guarantee that as a manager.
“But he is certainly very important to what we want to do, and is highly respected by myself, the coaching staff and the players.”
Lucas is Liverpool's longest serving player after being brought to Anfield from Gremio by Rafa Benitez in 2007.
He has often found his time at the club plagued by a series of injuries, but now seemingly has hope of a future as the club bid to return to the Champions League after this year's absence.
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