Liverpool do not want Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva to leave the club this summer, despite previous reports suggesting he was close to joining Besiktas.
That’s according to the Super Lig’s club president, Fikret Orman, who claims that the powers that be at Anfield have backtracked on their position and are no longer seeking to get rid of the 28-year-old.
It was assumed as recently as last week that Lucas was to be one of the players heading out the Anfield exit door, with Brendan Rodgers having left him out of the Reds’ match-day squads for the first two Premier League games of this campaign.
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However Jordan Henderson’s injury issues meant that he had to sit out of the clash against Arsenal on Monday night, leaving Rodgers with a hole to fill in front of his back for. Lucas duly stepped in and performed admirably, potentially changing his future as a result.
For it’s now believed that Liverpool are keen to keep hold of the defensive-midfielder, a rumour reinforced by Orman’s most recent comments.
"Liverpool do not want him to go. The transfer can only go ahead with their say, so there is nothing we can do right now," the Besiktas president said, according to the Liverpool Echo.
A good call
Since Lucas is one of the most experienced players in Rodgers’ fold it looks as though he’s made a wise decision in keeping him on the books.
The Brazilian has not only proven for numerous years that he’s good enough to stifle even the most creative of Premier League opponents, but if Liverpool are to balance their Europa League adventure with a sustained fight for a top four domestic finish then they’ll need bodies to be able to rotate.
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