Liverpool punters in the Transfer Tavern were mightily impressed with Lucas Leiva’s performance against West Brom on Sunday, playing an important role in Jurgen Klopp’s side claiming a clean sheet away from home.
But the Brazilian has since admitted his Anfield career could well come to an end this summer with his contract winding down, having struggled to exceed the role of squad player over the last few seasons.
Emerging as an emergency option at centre-back has increased Leiva’s capacity for more game-time, but he’s still made just nine Premier League starts this term – alongside a further ten outings from the bench.
And the 30-year-old has now revealed he’ll discuss his future with Klopp next month, following links with Inter Milan during the January transfer window.
As quoted by The Telegraph, he said; “There is no doubt about my commitment to Liverpool, I just need to wait until the end of the season, work hard and make a decision together with the club.
“I have been here long enough and if the time comes for me to go somewhere else I think I will leave with the feeling that I did everything I could.
“Playing time [will play a part], I wouldn’t like to just be around. I feel I have many years that I can still play at the top level. I need to analyse and see what is best for me and the club and then I am sure we will make a decision together.”
Throughout a ten-year spell, Leiva has made over 300 appearances for Liverpool, establishing himself as a cult hero on Merseyside, and was part of the squad that won the League Cup in 2012 – the only silverware he’s won at Anfield in that time.
Liverpool fans in the Tavern would be loathed to see Lucas leave, but accept it could be time for the club and the player to finally part company.
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