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Liverpool midfielder emerges as target for PL rivals - report

By Dominic Toner

Stoke are interested in signing Liverpool midfielder Lucas, according to a report.

The Daily Star claim that Mark Hughes wants to sign the 30-year-old as he looks to add valuable experience to his squad.

It is understood that Lucas has grown frustrated by his lack of opportunities at Anfield recently.

The report details that Liverpool are likely to reject any approaches for the Brazilian, who is the club’s longest serving player after joining the Merseyside club in 2007.

Lucas is an experienced member of Jurgen Klopp’s side and is a defensive midfielder by trade.

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However, he has been used as a make-shift centre-back at times this season and played a squad role.

The versatile ace has made 17 senior appearances this season across all competitions, but has completed 90 minutes just three times in the Premier League.

Football Insider verdict:

Lucas has been a loyal servant for the Reds and there are both pros and cons for keeping him at the club. Liverpool’s squad is fairly inexperienced and having a player like Lucas round the place certainly helps. The midfielder knows the club very well and is a great role model for the emerging youngsters. However, the Reds are trying to push on and challenge at the top-end of the table on a regular basis. They have a fantastic manager in Klopp, who is slowly building a squad to match his style. Lucas has fallen down the pecking order this season and it’s hard to see him competing against the likes of Jordan Henderson and Emre Can. He could still do a job at a mid-table side like Stoke and should be allowed to leave if he wants regular football elsewhere.

In other Liverpool transfer news, a Premier League club are plotting a last-ditch swoop for the club’s defender.