Lucas Leiva could leave Liverpool this summer, with Galatasaray lining up a move for the midfielder.
Should the Brazilian depart, he will be remembered as a loyal servant who always gave it his all. The results often varied, admittedly, but his departure won’t be acrimonious.
Lucas was included in the squad that travelled to the United States as Jurgen Klopp prepares his side for the upcoming season.
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Liverpool suffered a 2-1 defeat to AS Roma on Monday evening in the final game of their US tour, with Lucas watching on from the sidelines as he recovers from a hamstring injury.
But if you thought Lucas would jet off to Turkey quietly, think again. Showcasing all of the vigour he usually puts into a lunging challenge, the 29-year-old was sent off for throwing a water bottle onto the pitch.
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Apparently it was in response to a bruising challenge on a Liverpool player.
One Liverpool fan who was in attendance of the match claims Lucas refused to leave quietly, moving four spots down the bench each time Jurgen Klopp ordered him to leave.
Eventually, Klopp stopped watching the game in order to make the player leave.
With that kind of petulance, we’d love to see Lucas become a manager when he hangs his boots up.
Lucas can only do unconventional
If that is to be his final act for the Reds, he’ll have concluded his unconventional Liverpool career in an unconventional way.
The former Brazil international was signed by Rafa Benitez in 2007 and made his 300th appearance for the club in January.
But he could be set for pastures new, with Galatasaray in regular contact with Liverpool this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
The same paper claim Jurgen Klopp isn’t agitating to let Lucas leave but the matter could be out of his hands. Unlike Klopp, Galatasaray can offer the former Gremio man regular first-team action.
The signing of Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgrade, to join Emre Can among Liverpool’s defensive-minded midfielders, has demoted Lucas to Klopp’s third option.
And the German won’t be surprised if Lucas decides that sitting on the bench isn’t for him.
At least he can include this latest hilarious act among some of his finest Liverpool memories.