Liverpool warn Rafa over January raid

Published Add your comment

Football News

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has sent out a warning to Inter Milan manager Rafa Benitez that he will not be singing Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva.

Lucas has come under much criticism since he joined Liverpool three years ago from Gremi. However, it now appears they may have to fight to keep hold of him.

Despite this criticism he showed his true ability in Liverpool's 2-0 win over Chelsea at the weekend, which has led to further rumours suggesting that Rafa would like to bring the midfielder over to Italy.

Benitez was a strong believer in the 23 year old while he managed at Liverpool and rumours suggest that he is hoping to attract him away from Liverpool with a £5 million offer.

Lucas has been under greater competition to fight for his place in the squad this season, since the arrival of ex-Juventus and Denmark midfielder Christian Poulsen.

Despite this Hodgson is adamant that he will keep both players at Anfield, telling reporters: 'In Lucas and Christian Poulsen I am convinced we've got really useful players who will serve us to great effect during the rest of the season.'

The Liverpool boss has also put down any criticism surrounding the young Brazilian stating: 'I have listened quite patiently to lots of people and I realised when I came here there was a prejudice against Lucas and people had basically suggested he is not a good player.'

However, disagreeing with this view, he finished: 'I can only judge as I find - and I find him a very hard working, diligent player who is working hard on his understanding of the game and understanding about team performances.'

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again