Liverpool should keep Lucas Leiva given Steven Gerrard’s departure

The Brazil international is being linked with a move to Inter Milan, but surely the Reds should carefully consider his future.

After acquiring the loan captures of Lukas Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri, Inter are having a busy transfer window - with their January business reportedly far from done.

The Daily Mail claim that the Nerazzurri have Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva in the sights as another potential addition, with the Italian club set to make a move for the Brazilian battler in the coming days if the report is to be believed.

Although Lucas has had his ups and downs at the Merseyside club and Brendan Rodgers will surely have new central midfielders in his sights, Liverpool would be advised not to part company with the South American too quickly.

With Steven Gerrard set to leave Anfield in the summer, high-profile central midfielders will surely be targeted to replace the Liverpool legend.

However, with continuity in mind, keeping Lucas as a player who knows English football and the club well makes sense.

Jordan Henderson is being earmarked as the next Reds captain and will surely command a consistent central midfield role when Gerrard departs.

As such, playing a more defensively minded player alongside him makes sense. Although Lucas may well have his downfalls and drawbacks, with the Anfield faithful hoping for big-name additions, having the Brazilian there to call upon will be a boost for Rodgers.

The 28-year-old has been with the club since 2007 and as such would become Liverpool’s longest-serving player upon Gerrard’s exit.

Liverpool have seen first-hand the issues that wholesale changes can bring this season and as such losing both of your longest serving players in quick succession has limited benefits.

He may well only have started nine Premier League games this season and is not an automatic starter, but having the familiar presence of Lucas in the squad when Gerrard leaves could well be a real bonus for a squad in transition.

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