By Will Butcher
Liverpool will allow Lucas Leiva to join Serie A giants Inter Milan on loan in January, according to a report.
The Guardian claim that the Merseyside giants are happy for Lucas to leave on a temporary basis come January, as the 29-year-old struggles for game time at Anfield.
Just three starts under Jurgen Klopp this season has seen Lucas become largely out of favour despite being able to operate at both centre-back and in holding midfield.
However, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip all sit ahead of him in the pecking order at the heart of the defence, while captain Jordan Henderson continues to sparkle at the base of the Reds’ midfield.
With Lucas set to turn 30 in January and his turn of pace beginning to slow, the possession-based football of the Serie A could suit the former Gremio man.
Since his move to Merseyside in 2007, Lucas has made a total of 335 league and cup appearances, scoring six times.
Inter have enjoyed a mini revival under new boss Stefano Piolo, as they sit in seventh after a dismal start that saw previous manager Frank de Boer receive his marching orders.
Football Insider verdict:
With Liverpool mounting a serious Premier League challenge it’s quite surprising that they would let Lucas leave on loan. It’s true that the Brazilian is probably desperate not to see his career begin to stagnate on the sidelines at Anfield, and could welcome an opportunity to either earn a permanent move elsewhere or impress Klopp enough to regain his starting XI spot. Inter will be receiving a player that still has plenty of footballing ability at the top level left, as they look for experience in their assault on the top three in Serie A. Klopp has plenty of options in midfield but may well be looking to strengthen in defence if he’s willing to sanction a loan move for Lucas.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Klopp is targeting this Dutch hotshot in January.