Lucas Leiva’s Liverpool future has been the subject of much debate this summer.
The long-serving midfielder has just one year left on his contract and, with Marko Grujic arriving in the summer and Emre Can establishing himself as an imposing midfielder, it was thought that Liverpool could look to cash in.
But Jurgen Klopp made his stance clear when he blocked Lucas’ move to Galatasaray.
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James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo reaffirmed Klopp’s opinion towards the 29-year-old in a report that says the Liverpool boss is “keen to retain Lucas’ services.”
According to Pearce, the only way the Brazilian’s nine-year stay at Anfield will come to an end this month is if he forces his exit. That seems unlikely to happen, though; Lucas has developed a close rapport with Liverpool fans and hasn’t expressed a desire to leave.
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So there seemed little harm in Pearce’s report. His news was positive for all parties and put an end to those exit rumours.
But Lucas seemed to take offence at his name being mentioned in a transfer report, responding to Pearce on Twitter.
“@JamesPearceEcho can you have more responsibility when you involve my name?,” Lucas wrote. “You putting me against the fans for something I’ve nothing to do.”
Liverpool fans hail Lucas' response
Klopp's awaiting Lucas' return
Lucas is currently nursing a hamstring injury that has forced him to miss the start of the Premier League season. Given his injury, and the wretched performance of Jordan Henderson in the 2-0 defeat to Burnley, many fans are desperate to see a centre midfielder arrive before the transfer window slams shut.
But Klopp knows that he will have a sufficient number of midfielders when Lucas and Can return from injuries.
"If one game should change my mind then I would be a real idiot,” the German said, per Goal. “I know you [journalists] would all buy a left back but a midfielder?
"Emre Can was on the bench, he had a back problem, Lucas Leiva is injured and you ask me for a hard midfield player? The answer is I don't know – we will see."
Though he’s past his peak, Klopp can rely on Lucas to give his all in every game.
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