Midfielder provides latest Liverpool transfer update: It’s a special season
Lucas Leiva speaks out about his Liverpool future under Jurgen Klopp
Lucas Leiva has revealed that he is reluctant to leave Liverpool during their title challenge despite admitting that he is frustrated with a lack of first-team football.
The Brazil international is the longest-serving player at the Merseyside club but the defensive midfielder has struggled to secure a regular starting spot in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The South American turned 30 at the weekend and Lucas has been linked with a move away from the 18-time English champions in the January transfer window.
Liverpool are in second place in the Premier League table and five points adrift of leaders Chelsea after 20 games following a solid start to the 2016-17 season.
Lucas started alongside Joe Gomez in Liverpool’s goalless draw with Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup third-round clash at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Lucas provided an update on his future at Anfield and provided an insight into the dilemma that he is currently facing.
“The situation is not great. It is not something I want for my future, to have not many games.
“I don’t want this for my career, especially at my age. I’m not close to retiring and have many years ahead of me.
“You want to play – we get paid to play – but I just try to be professional and help as much as I can and when I have the chance do my best.
“At this moment, I have to deal with this and try to find a solution when I have the chance. I have to be professional, think about the team and see what is going to happen.
“The best place for me to be now is Liverpool. I cannot say (where) in one week’s time, one month’s time or four months’ time. I have to judge when something comes up if it is better.
“It has been a special season already and we have a chance to win trophies and that is something I consider as well.”
Liverpool signed Lucas in a £5m deal from Gremio in 2007 under Rafael Benitez.