By Matt Farr
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has revealed he is set to hold talks with Liverpool over his future at the end of the season.
The 30-year-old’s contract runs out in June but he’s keen to stay on at Anfield despite falling down the pecking order.
Lucas has been a valuable squad player for Jurgen Klopp this season, but he has made just nine Premier League starts from his 19 appearances, and is possibly resigned to ending his 10-year association with the Merseyside outfit.
He revealed to the Telegraph that a decision would be made on his future at the end of the season, as he remains focused on helping Liverpool secure a Champions League qualification place.
He said: “There is no doubt about my commitment to Liverpool, I just need to wait until the end of the season, work hard and make a decision together with the club.
“I have been here long enough and if the time comes for me to go somewhere else I think I will leave with the feeling that I did everything I could.
“I am getting to the stage of my career where I think I can help a lot, off the pitch of course, but on the pitch as well. I need to analyse and see what is best for me and the club and I am sure we will make a decision together.”
Given his lack of regular first-team opportunities, it looks likely that Lucas will seek a fresh start this summer.
However, it remains a possibility that Liverpool will attempt to thrash out a new deal for their Brazilian veteran, provided they can convince him he will have an important role to play at the club.
Football Insider verdict:
Lucas has been a great player and loyal servant to Liverpool over the years, and should reward Lucas with a new deal. Liverpool are targeting Champions League football and a Premier League title challenge, and the club will need to bring in players capable of fulfilling their ambition. Lucas might not be that calibre of player any more, but he could still offer a lot as a squad player and possibly even more off the pitch. Liverpool supporters would be very sorry to see him go, especially if wants to stay. He’s been a loyal servant in an age where that doesn’t mean a lot to the majority of players. Either way we hope he gets a deal that makes him happy this summer.
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