Lucas Leiva has officially left Liverpool Football Club after 10 years of service as he joins Lazio after undergoing a medical with the Italian club.
It honestly seems like an end of an era with Lucas leaving with his decade long career at Anfield coming to an end.
The Brazilian, who joined from Gremio as a floppy haired youth in 2007, has made 346 competitive appearances for the Reds and earned the title of being an honorary Scouser, with his heart, dedication and loyalty endearing him to the people of Liverpool.
According to Liverpoolfc.com, Lucas finalised his move today after a medical with Lazio.
“Liverpool as a club and Liverpool as a city is a unique place. I think it’s different from everywhere,” Lucas told Liverpoolfc.com.
“The fans are a big part of the club, probably the most important part of the club, and without them Liverpool wouldn’t be the same club I would say.
“Thank you for all the support, especially in difficult times, that’s when it means a lot. We all know that Liverpool fans are really special and they were always here for me.
“I’ll always be watching and supporting Liverpool and for sure I’ll be back, in the city to visit friends and watch games in the future.”
While very few Liverpool supporters will remember Lucas for his footballing ability, as the Brazilian had his growth as promising holding midfielder curtailed by numerous injuries, he will be long remembered for his dedication and how he fought for his place at the club.
Although Lucas departing is beneficial for Liverpool, I am sad to see a player leave that I have grown to enjoy watching. We won’t miss you giving away free kicks on the edge of the box with dodgy tackles but we will all miss your loyalty and dedication.
We wish you all the best Lucas and hope that Lazio do well next season!