Liverpool are ready to let Lucas Leiva join Inter Milan on loan for the rest of the season, but could that signal the arrival of Mahmoud Dahoud?
Having started just three Premier League appearances and made 11 in total in all competitions this season, Lucas is struggling to come by regular game time and Inter Milan are offering him just that. The Serie A side enquired about the Brazilian and according to The Guardian, Liverpool are prepared to allow Lucas to leave on loan until the end of the season.
Lucas is Liverpool’s longest-serving player on the books and it will be a shame to offload a player who, despite not playing regularly recentley, embodies the club’s identity and has been here for the better part of a decade.
With Inter-est in Lucas (I know – terrible), Liverpool will be short on holding midfielders with Emre Can and Jordan Henderson the only two capable of playing there and neither are natural holding midfielders. The reason why Klopp opts for a deep-lying playmaker over a traditional midfielder enforcer like Javier Mascherano is because of the fluidity it offers when flying out the blocks.
A player who has been on Liverpool’s shortlist and could be on the late arrivals Christmas list is Borussia Monchengladbach’s Mahmoud Dahoud. The German is also a deep-lying playmaker and is a superb passer of the ball. While not putting him in the same bracket as Kevin De Bruyne, Dahoud has the same long-range pass which prompts applause from the masses.
The thing about Lucas, which you definitely won’t get with Dahoud, is his ability to drop deep and play as a centre back, which offers Jurgen Klopp the luxury of moving his players around in almost any way he’d like.
Reports surrounding Dahoud have died down in recent weeks but with his contract running out and Gladbach possibly looking for an opportunity to cash in on him before he leaves on a free, Liverpool could pounce with a £26 million bid.