Liverpool are set to bid farewell to Lucas Leiva after over ten years of service this summer, with the Brazilian expected to leave the club.
It’s going to be really sad to see Lucas go. Love him or hate him, you have to admit, he’s a real Kop hero. The Brazilian has been at Liverpool since joining from Gremio in 2007 and arrived on Merseyside speaking very little to no English but his impact has been felt ever since.
Despite making over 340 competitive appearances for Liverpool Football Club, the midfielder’s career was heavily limited due to injuries sustained back in his earlier years at the club that restricted his mobility and saw him drop heavily in pace.
You just can’t help but feel sorry for the 30-year old who, despite always being a solid bet to pick up a yellow card and give away dangerous free-kicks in more recent times, gave his all for the football club every single time he pulled on the jersey and deserved more for his loyal service.
Always a picture of professionalism, Lucas agreed to stay at the club last summer after Jürgen Klopp blocked any chance of a move away and found himself more often than not stepping into the Red’s defence as a deputy for Matip and Lovren. My personal highlight? Seeing him pocket Harry Kane, the league’s leading goalscorer at Anfield back in February.
The Brazilian is currently the subject of a £5m bid from Lazio as the Italian club seek to replace holding midfielder Lucas Biglia and it is thought that this time, due to the “prospect of a regular starting role limited,” Klopp will not stand in his way.
As much as I’ll hate to see him go, I’m happy that the player will hopefully get to reignite his playing career by featuring a little more heavily in a league that will suit his physical style of football. The Brazilian reportedly said his goodbyes at Melwood on Friday before jetting off to agree personal-terms with the Italian club.
When asked about the Brazilian’s imminent departure when he didn’t feature during the Red’s 1-1 draw with Wigan yesterday, Klopp was coy, responding: “I am not 100% sure because I’m not sure how it is at the moment but I think for Lucas, outstanding, fantastic time at Liverpool, we should talk about facts and not rumours.
“We have to wait, I’m not sure. Maybe something, maybe not, like last year and half a year ago.”
Best of luck Lucas, You’ll Never Walk Alone.