Lucas: 'I thought it was the end'

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas has revealed Roy Hodgson nearly drove him away from the club during his time as manager.

Lucas nearly left Liverpool, but thank God he didn’t because he’s become one of the club’s most important players and someone the team can rely on to carry through and protect the younger stars coming into the team.

Lucas was effectively put to one side when Roy Hodgson took over as manager of the club and the new arrivals and lack of first team football, nearly drove him away to go and play in Serie A.

“I felt as though it was almost the end for me at the club. I nearly left. I knew they were looking for players,” Lucas told the Daily Post.

He’s managed to transform his game since he got back into the Liverpool team following a bad injury, which kept him out at the start of the season.

He’s playing more of a holding role than he ever has done during his time at the club, but he seems to be enjoying it and seems to like the extra responsibility of being one of the older leaders in the team.

“So I was really close to leaving to go to Italy. For some reason I did not go, I stayed,” he added.

His game is perfectly suited to Serie A football, which would have allowed him more time on the ball and a generally slower pace which compliments the majority of his core skills well.

Fortunately for him, this is something that Brendan Rodgers seems to have realised and it’s something he has developed, surrounding Lucas with faster and more dynamic players so he can play at a slower pace.

“For me to come here and to try to get into the team competing against Gerrard, Alonso, Mascherano and Sissoko was very hard.”

He’s almost been challenged at every stage of his Liverpool career, with this current period being one of the only times he’s been given and allowed an extended run in the team to show what he can do.

When he first arrived he had to fight to get into the team, then he had to endure a spell of managers who didn’t really believe in him, before Rodgers came in and wouldn’t have been blamed for casting him aside again because of the fact he was injured.

All power to Lucas for turning things around and staying put.

Would you have blamed him had he left?

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