Liverpool’s first-team squad have paid tribute to Lucas Leiva as the Brazilian finalised his move to Serie A side Lazio on Tuesday.
I’m going to miss Lucas Leiva.
I wasn’t always his biggest fan but whenever he’d crunch into tackles, knock opposition players flying or pick up tactical yellow cards for his team – usually by preventing a counter attack through a boot to someone’s shin – it always brought a smile to my face.
This is a guy who, despite everything, continued to give his all for Liverpool Football Club right up until the end. A man who refused to let injuries, a complete lack of knowledge of the English language or being booed constantly early in his career deter him from making his mark at this great club.
The Brazilian is well known to be popular within the Liverpool camp and a video today published to the club’s official Twitter account confirms this as fact.
The players individually pay tribute to the former Gremio star, starting with skipper Jordan Henderson who thanks Lucas “for everything you’ve done for us as a team,” and wishes him “all the best for the future.”
Hendo is followed by Daniel Sturridge who thanks the midfielder for helping him initially settle at Liverpool after his move from Chelsea in 2013 and pays tribute to his brilliant work with the non-English speaking players that have signed for the club during his time there.
The Reds’ vice-captain James Milner thanks Lucas for being “a massive part of this dressing room,” and “helping the team spirit.”
Another Liverpool left-back is next up, with Alberto Moreno addressing his close friend in Spanish and thanking the Brazilian for “everything you did for us and taught us.”
“As I told you, I know this change is a very good one for you. You and your family will enjoy Rome. We will miss you.”
Finally, Simon Mignolet addresses Lucas as a “top professional” wishing him all the best in Rome at his new club.
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Personally, my favourite memory of Lucas will always be in the 4-0 victory in Klopp’s first Merseyside derby.
The Brazilian wound up a shot from 25 yards at the end of a fantastic passing move from Coutinho and Moreno who toyed with Everton’s defence, only to send the ball rolling wide of the far post harmlessly.
Klopp was in stitches and his teammates were amused, to say the least, but Lucas just beamed ear to ear.
10 years of fantastic, selfless and unrelenting service comes to an end today.
Thank you, Lucas Leiva. You’ll Never Walk Alone.