24 hours after the Bernabeu, Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva drops exit hint

Lucas Leiva

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva wants to play regularly.

Once regarded as a key midfielder for Liverpool, Lucas Leiva has made only two Premier League starts this season.

His presence in the line-up against Real Madrid was a great opportunity for him to showcase himself, but also a little insulting to him, picked as part of a second string side, showing his standing in the squad.

The 27-year-old has now declared he wants regular football, or will be forced to consider offers from elsewhere, having been the subject of overtures from Serie A in the summer.

He told Italian website Gianlucamarzio.com last night: "This summer Napoli was interested, just like many other clubs.

"Has Benitez once again asked for my purchase? My objective is to play with continuity. We'll see."

Lucas is hardly ruling out a move, and few could blame him, after playing just 125 minutes of Premier League football.

At his age he should be at his peak, but he is being prevented from re-capturing his best form by failing to even get on the pitch. The game in Madrid was a chance for him to put himself in the shop window, and he did himself no harm, helping ensure Liverpool were only beaten by a solitary goal.

Being reunited with the manager who signed him for Liverpool, Rafa Benitez, is an obvious attraction for the Brazilian, but whether it is Napoli or not, it sounds like if the status quo continues, Lucas will be happy to listen to any offers which come his way.

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