Liverpool midfielder urges Rodgers to sign former City enforcer

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has called for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers to sign a player in his position…

The 27-year-old Brazilian midfielder insisted he would be ‘happy’ for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers to strengthen his squad in this window with a move for former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong.

The 29-year-old Netherlands enforcer departed from the Etihad in 2012 but Lucas sees no threat of his first-team chances and would welcome a Premier League return for De Jong.

"He is a good player and produced many good performances at Manchester City,” said Lucas who has been ruled out for two months with a knee injury.

"If he comes it will be good for the squad because it's important to have a strong squad.”

"I believe that if anyone comes who plays in my position it will not be because of my injury but rather to strengthen the squad," added the Brazilian.

De Jong is understood to be the target of a temporary loan move from AC Milan where he signed in 2012 for just £3.5 million just three years after making an £18 million move to join the Citizens. His performances for City and the Netherlands have draw both praise and criticism – the latter usually emanating from supporters of his opponents given his tendency to go into challenges hard.

Lucas’ injury will undoubtedly have come as a blow to Brendan Rodgers in his pursuit of a top four finish this term as Liverpool look to qualify for the Champions League and having a defensive midfielder such as De Jong capable and committed to doing the ‘dirty work’ in front of the backline could be the difference this term.

There is no doubt about the quality of Rodgers’ attacking options – Luis Suarez has been in sensational form for the Reds this season and currently looks set to win the Golden Boot ahead of City striker Sergio Aguero but the protection Nigel de Jong could offer the Reds against opposition of that quality could prove vital in the fight for a place in the top four.

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