Saturday 18 November 2017

Liverpool midfielder Lucas admits he could leave club in January

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with Lucas Leiva
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with Lucas Leiva

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva says he might leave the club in this transfer window but his commitment to his side's title and cup challenge could prove decisive in keeping him at Anfield.

The Brazilian is wanted by Inter Milan, and the lack of game time this season may yet prompt the 30-year-old to bring his ten year association with the Merseysiders to an end over the next few weeks.

Lucas has been given permission by manager Jurgen Klopp to talk to other clubs - the manager say he is a 'special case' who deserves the chance to make his own decision on his career.

"The situation is not great," said Lucas.

"It is not something I want for my future - to not have many games - but 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.

"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.

"Of course there are always rumours but today the best place for me to be is Liverpool. I cannot say about tomorrow."

Lucas' relationship with Klopp is one of trust, and the player is balancing his immediate needs with offering a key back-up role as Liverpool seek to end a 27-year title wait.

"The manager has been very good to me and we have a very open relationship so it is nothing I am worried about," said Lucas.

"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. That is the only thing I think everyone asks.

"The best place for me to be now is Liverpool. I cannot say 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.

"I have a very good relationship with the manager and I just try to help as much as I can.

"It has been a special season already and we have a chance to win trophies and that is something I consider as well."

One player who looks sure to leave soon is outcast Mamadou Sakho. Southampton are the latest to show interest in the French defender.

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