By Alex Taylor
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has pulled the plug on Lucas Leiva’s proposed move to Galatasaray, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that Galatasaray believed they had secured the terms of the transfer before Klopp cancelled the deal at the eleventh hour.
The report says that the German boss prevented the move from going through after concerns he would not have enough cover if there were more injuries in his squad.
“We are no longer pursuing Lucas Leiva,” Gala’s sporting director Levent Nazifoglu said, as quoted by the Mirror. “We will continue efforts to sign alternative names instead.”
Both James Milner and Marko Grujic are doubts for the Reds opener against Arsenal and any more midfield issues could leave the Merseysiders short in the opening stages of the season.
The Brazilian holding midfielder joined the Anfield club in 2007 and has gone on to make over 200 appearances for Klopp’s team, while also appearing 22 times for his national side.
He has developed himself into one of the most consistent performers in a Liverpool shirt over the last few seasons.
Lucas has been a key figure at Anfield over the past decade, having won the club’s ‘Player of the Year’ award in 2011.
He would leave Liverpool having won just one major honour, the English League Cup in 2012.
In other Liverpool transfer news, John Arne Riise has given this update on the Reds’ left-back situation.