Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva and Turkish giants Besiktas were both stunned to learn of the Brazilian’s inclusion in the starting XI to face Arsenal on Monday night, or so say reports.
The Independent has provided a timely update to speculation involving the 28-year-old - of which there has been plenty - and suggests that Liverpool could now complete a transfer U-turn and keep him at the club, despite the fact he was on the verge of joining Besiktas.
The Super Lig outfit were supposedly confused when it emerged that their soon-to-be loan star was announced as a starting member of the Reds’ team to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, and will no doubt now be fearing for their plans.
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Indeed Lucas’ call-up from Rodgers was a strange one when it’s considered that he hadn’t featured in either of the club’s first two Premier League fixtures this year.
The injury sustained by Jordan Henderson necessitated the need for a new defensive-midfielder, sure, but for Lucas to come in from the periphery of the club to feature in perhaps the team’s most important early Premier League clash was a big matter.
Lucas back in favour?
Duly the diminutive combatant impressed in north London, prompting the next chapter in his transfer storybook to promote the idea that he might yet stay at Anfield.
Besiktas will certainly hope not. After all, Lucas was supposed to be having a medical in Turkey this week. Could it be that once again he has carried himself back from the brink of Merseyside despair?
Liverpool fans, have your say. Do you think Lucas should be allowed to leave? Should he be kept on by Rodgers? Let us know in the comments box below.