Lucas is keen to stay at Liverpool beyond 2017

By Aramide Oladipo

Jordan Henderson has heaped heavy praise on fellow Liverpool teammate Lucas Leiva.

The Brazilian has been at the Merseyside club for 10 years and he is still an important piece of the Liverpool setup under Jurgen Klopp.

With Klopp at the helm, Lucas has had to play the majority of games this season in the back four and he has found it difficult at times.

However, Lucas was deployed in his preferred role in the midfield in the Merseyside derby on the weekend and he put in an excellent display.

As quoted in the Liverpool Echo, fellow teammate Jordan Henderson was clearly impressed by his performance against Everton.

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“Any person joining Liverpool Football Club, regardless of age, status or experience, who is looking for a role model or an example to follow then, for me, you look no further than Lucas Leiva,” he said.

He concluded: “Watching the Merseyside derby at the weekend, it was a reminder to everyone why he has been, and continues to be, so valuable to this club.

“In simple terms he sets the standard of professionalism and attitude of what it is to be a Liverpool player.”

Former boss Rafa Benitez signed the defensive midfielder from Brazilian side Gremio in the summer of 2007 where he slotted alongside the likes of Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso.

Lucas has a made a total of 240 Premier League appearances for the Reds and his first and only goal for the club came in May 2009 in a 3-0 victory at Anfield against Newcastle United.

With both Henderson and Adam Lallana out of the frame due to injuries, Lucas starts in the midfield trio alongside Can and Wijnaldum in the midweek clash against Bournemouth.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are looking for a fifth consecutive home win in the Premier League as they hope to cement their place in the Champions League places.

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