Liverpool transfers: Lucas Leiva backs potential Nigel De Jong signing

Liverpool transfers: Lucas Leiva believes Nigel De Jong would be a good signing amid reports the Reds want the midfielder

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Lucas Leiva joined Liverpool from Gremio in 2007 Photo: Standard Chartered

Lucas Leiva believes Nigel De Jong would be a good addition to the Liverpool squad amid reports the Reds want to sign the AC Milan midfielder.

Brendan Rodgers is short on defensive midfielders following Lucas’s recent knee injury, with the Brazilian set to be sidelined for a few weeks, whilst Joe Allen is on the brink of a return to first-team action.

If he comes it will be good for the squad because it’s important to have a strong squad

Lucas Leiva

De Jong was part of Manchester City’s title-winning squad in 2012 before sealing a £3.5m move to Serie A outfit Milian at the start of the 2012/13 campaign after falling out-of-favour under Roberto Mancini.

Despite the Netherlands international being a potential rival for a starting spot, Lucas is fully behind Liverpool’s reported attempts to sign the experienced 29-year-old midfielder.

“He is a good player and produced many good performances at Manchester City,” Lucas told ESPN Brazil.

“If he comes it will be good for the squad because it’s important to have a strong squad.

“I believe that if anyone comes who plays in my position it will not be because of my injury but rather to strengthen the squad.”

De Jong scored twice in 137 appearances for City in all competitions during a five-year spell at the Eastlands outfit, winning the FA Cup and Premier League.

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