By Matt Bullin
Lazio have completed the signing of former Liverpool ace Lucas Leiva, it has been confirmed.
The 30-year-old central midfielder leaves Anfield after giving 10 years of service to the club.
The Reds announced the news on their official website and on their official Twitter account on Tuesday evening, before Lazio confirmed his arrival on their own website and Twitter account shortly after.
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Lucas becomes Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi’s second signing of the summer as he follows defender Adam Marusic through the doors at the Stadio Olimpico.
The Brazilian midfield kingpin was in and out of the Liverpool side last term, but he still managed to play 31 league and cup games in all competitions.
He arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2007 in a £8.5million switch from Brazilian side Gremio, and went on to amass 346 appearances across all competitions for the club.
The 30-year-old is primarily a defensive midfielder, but he has also comfortable filling in at centre-back, and he did so on occasion in the 2016-17 campaign.
Lucas has been capped by Brazil on 22 occasions, but he has not featured since the 2-1 friendly win over Chile in November 2013.
Football Insider verdict
Lucas’ departure from Anfield no doubt comes with a heavy heart as he was a real fan favourite and had become part of the furniture at the club, but it comes at the right time. The 30-year-old had become little more than a squad player under Reds manager Jurgen Klopp, and it is time for him to move on to a club where he will be part of the first-team squad. For Lazio, they sign a vastly experienced midfielder who has the capability of playing confidently as a central defender as well.
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