By Matt Bullin
Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to bid Lucas Leiva farewell after it was confirmed he would be leaving the club to join Lazio.
The 30-year-old central midfielder joins the Rome-based club after completing a medical on Tuesday and he will link up with their squad immediately.
The Reds announced the news on their official website and on their official Twitter account on Tuesday evening, before Lazio confirmed Lucas’ arrival on their own website and Twitter account shortly after.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 18, 2017
— S.S.Lazio (@OfficialSSLazio) July 18, 2017
The Brazilian becomes Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi’s second summer signing as he joins defender Adam Marusic at the club.
Lucas leaves Liverpool after 10 years of service, having joined the club in the summer of 2007 from Brazilian side Gremio in a £8.5million switch.
The 30-year-old went on to make 346 appearances across all competitions for the club, and he helped them win the League Cup on one occasion.
He was used sparingly by Reds manager Jurgen Klopp last term, and only featured in 31 league and cup games.
Lucas became a real fan favourite at Anfield after a decade of loyal service, and the Liverpool faithful were sad to see Lucas go.
They took to Twitter to bid him farewell ahead of his move to Serie A – here are some of the best tweets:
Missing him already! #YNWA
— Jaime Milner (@jaimemilner) July 19, 2017
Fairwell to a Liveepool legend. Will always remembered!, all the best Lucas 👍
— Gavin Fletcher (@GavinFletcher6) July 19, 2017
— wolemartin (@wolemartin) July 18, 2017
Will be missed in Liverpool, such a great and humble player
— JJ (@Lmaoovren) July 18, 2017
— Anfield Dugout Talk (@DugoutTickets) July 18, 2017
— The Anfield Kop (@LFCfootball2) July 18, 2017
Lucas has been capped by Brazil on 22 occasions, and he made his full international debut as a substitute in the 2-0 friendly win over Algeria in August 2007.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club have completed a deal for this midfield kingpin.