12 Jan 2017

Message to Klopp: 'Unbelievable' £80k-a-week Brazilian drops massive transfer hint; admits Liverpool 'situation' is 'not great'

Liverpool star Lucas Leiva has given the strongest indication yet that he is actively considering an Anfield exit.

When asked this week about his future, Lucas revealed that his 'situation is not great', and insisted that being a bit-part player is 'not something I want for my future'. He explained:

"I don't want this for my career. I'm not close to retiring and have many years ahead of me. I cannot say where [I'll be] in one week's time, one month's time or four months' time. I have to judge when something comes up if it is better".

Lucas turned 30 this week, so his urge to play regular first team football is entirely understandable, and if reports over the last week are to be believed, he's already agreed a deal with Inter Milan.

Last Tuesday, The Independent reported:

"Inter have asked Liverpool if they would [let] Lucas leave on a short-term basis. Liverpool are prepared to let him [leave] on loan for the rest of the season".

Soon after, Sky Sports Italia claimed that Lucas 'passed a medical with Inter', and is set to 'sign on loan for the rest of the season'.

If that's the case, then it's only a matter of days before Lucas leaves Anfield, and in my view, he'll be making the right decision. Why should he stay when he's clearly unappreciated by both the club and the fans? Take the Southampton debacle, for example. Once again, some fans are scapegoating Lucas, and totally exaggerating the negative aspects of his performance, but the stats show that he was one of Liverpool's most effective performers:

* 93% passing accuracy (Second best on the night, behind Klavan on 94%).

* More tackles, blocks, interceptions, clearances and aerial duels won than anyone else in the team (bar Klavan and Lovren)

* Lost possession only once. Can = 10 times. Lallana = 11. Sturridge = 6. Firmino = 5. Klavan/Milner = 3

* The lost possession stat is all the more impressive considering Lucas had more touches and completed more passes than any other LFC player.

* Plus, Lucas made more forward passes (72%) than any other LFC player.

The idea that Lucas played badly and/or is somehow to blame for the defeat is ignorant, reactionary nonsense of the highest order. Granted, a Lucas/Can midfield partnership should always be a non-starter, but Can is the problem, not Lucas, and if anyone deserves to be dropped this weekend, it's Can.

^ Jul 2016: Reportedly on £80k-a-week. Sep 2016: Hailed as an 'unbelievable player' by Cameron Brannagan'


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