By Harvey Byrne
Club stalwart and midfield enforcer Lucas Leiva has sent a heartfelt Instagram message after Liverpool defeated Middlesbrough in their final game of the 2016-17 Premier League season.
The 30-year-old entered the Anfield pitch with 11 minutes to go on Sunday as the Reds defeated Boro 3-0 and achieved a fourth place finish alongside a place in next season’s Champions League.
It was however an emotional moment for Lucas with his contract set to expire at the end of June, which would bring an end to 10 years at the Merseyside giants.
The Brazilian himself has also suggested he’s departing with the message on his personal Instagram account thanking supporters for their 10 years of support and for the tribute he received from the club after the win against Middlesbrough.
Lucas joined Liverpool under Rafa Benitez in the summer of 2007 from Brazilian side Gremio for a fee of £6million.
He has since gone on to play in 346 matches for the club and has built himself up as a firm favourite with the famous side’s supporters.
However, after playing in just 24 Premier League matches this season with many appearances coming due to injuries across the team he could now be set to leave the club when his contract ends.