Liverpool have recently completed the signing of the Senegalese superstar, Sadio Mane. The midfield sensation joined the reds after reportedly snubbing Manchester United’s offer and it is safe to say that he will fit in the first team right away. Their German manager Jurgen Klopp is doing a great work and has made Mane his fourth signing.
With a new season to show for, Klopp will be looking to reshape the entire squad according to his plans and therefore, we might see some stellar names departing from the club. The veteran defender Kolo Toure has already departed from Anfield and the recent reports are saying that even Martin Skrtel will be allowed to leave as he do not have a role in Klopp’s script.
It is a well-known fact that Liverpool’s midfield is quite congested right at this very moment and to make room for the new bees, the manager will have to let some players go (midfielders). There are no reports regarding the departure of any player from Anfield, but very obviously, there are doubts over the future of the 29-year-old Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva.
After the departure of Steven Gerrard to MLS, Lucas became Liverpool’s longest-serving player. The Brazilian joined the Anfield outfit back in 2007 for a fee of £5m from Brazilian side Gremio. Lucas had his ups and downs in his Liverpool career, but the then 20-year-old managed 32 appearances in his very first season.
Lucas went on to become an integral part of the Liverpool squad, but never caught the spot lights. He did his job with sheer dedication and went on to make 313 appearances for his side. With no European football to play for, Lucas’ first team chances are minimum. The holding midfielder isn’t getting any younger, but with the rise of Emre Can and Joe Allen, he might have to face the bench for a long time.
Lucas has already played as a holding midfielder, as a central midfielder, as an attacking midfielder and after the arrival of Klopp, the Brazilian even converted himself as a central defender. Well, that shows the dedication and desire one should have for his club, but with new arrivals coming, he will be preferred after them.
It is a very big question that, can Liverpool do any better with Lucas. Lucas is certainly the most experienced player in Anfield at this very moment, but he has his injury issues and just due to that, it is understood that he is not at his peak now. Many believe that with minimum action on the pitch, the Brazilian will stall his progress.
Just after the arrival of Lucas, he made the fans to have a divided opinion for him. Some praised him for being an unsung hero, and some rated him as an average performing individual, who didn’t have the game changing impact. Lucas is still a decent player, but Klopp do not have a great record with the aging players. We all are aware of the fact that the German loves to get surrounded by the young guns. Lucas might get his chances quite, but will struggle a lot to fit in the Klopp’s master plan, and that’s why, if a correct offer is received, Klopp should allow Lucas to leave Anfield.