Friday 15 December 2017

Liverpool willing to listen to offers for Lucas Leiva

Lucas Leiva (left) with Steven Gerrard
Lucas Leiva (left) with Steven Gerrard

Liverpool are willing to listen to offers for long-serving midfielder Lucas Leiva.

The Brazil international's future is shrouded in doubt after he was omitted from the squad for Sunday's Premier League win at Stoke City.

Lucas was left crestfallen by the snub and is now considering his options with a possible move to Italy back on the agenda.

The 28-year-old has two years remaining on his current contract and is valued by the Reds at around £8million.

Inter Milan wanted Lucas back in January and the player was keen on making the switch to the San Siro.

However, at the time Lucas had re-established himself in the Liverpool side and Rodgers was adamant he wasn't for sale.

That is no longer the case with the Reds prepared to sell if Lucas pushes for a transfer and the right offer arrives prior to the transfer deadline on September 1.

Lucas played alongside fellow countryman Roberto Firmino in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Welsh club TNS at the club's training ground yesterday, with the former Hoffenheim striker scoring a hat-trick.

The Brazil international is some weeks behind most of his team-mates in terms of fitness having joined pre-season late because of his participation in the Copa America.

Firmino was given his competitive debut with a 12-minute outing in Sunday's win at Stoke.

Liverpool's other goalscorers in yesyrtday's 5-1 win were Danny Ings and Lazar Markovic.

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