Former Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has responded on social media to a video posted on the club’s official Instagram page in relation to his iconic ‘unlucky’ jest.
Leiva, 33, enjoyed a 10-year spell with Liverpool from 2007 -2017 before sealing a move to Serie A with his current club side Lazio.
The Brazilian clocked up 346 appearances for the Reds and is held in high esteem among supporters – he scored seven goals and contributed 21 assists during that period.
His response correlates to a video from Liverpool’s pre-season training camp in Austria which features Virgil van Dijk rocketing home a sumptuous effort past Alisson Becker before the iconic phrase ‘unlucky lad’ is muttered behind in the background.
Leiva may have enjoyed a widely successful individual tenure during his decade with the club, yet the much loved Brazilian is perhaps best remembered for his short yet sweet catchphrase.
Initially used to tease now club-captain Jordan Henderson, the videos went viral for the understated comic genius of the tough-tackling former Anfield favourite.
Now a key cog at Lazio, the 32-year-old is still fondly remembered on the red side of the Mersey for his committed and streetwise approach in the Reds’ engine room.
During his inaugural season, Leiva was even crowned Lazio’s Player of the Year after Liverpool supporters hijacked votes on Twitter to ensure their former hero was still held dear in the hearts of Reds fans.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will continue their preparations for the new season which is due to commence next week with a number of pre-season fixtures that have been scheduled at the Reds’ camp in Austria.
The Reds will face newly-promoted Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart on Saturday (17:00 GMT) before concluding their tour with a fixture against Austrian side RB Salzburg.
Both scheduled friendlies will ensure valuable game time ahead of Liverpool’s Community Shield bout at Wembley against Arsenal next Saturday.
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