Report: Liverpool likely to keep hold of Lucas Leiva in the summer

Liverpool had been widely expected to let Lucas Leiva leave at the end of the season.

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva looks likely to stay at the club in the summer, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The report covers several players, suggesting who might stay and who might leave Anfield - but this appears to signal a turnaround for the midfielder within the space of the season - as it seemed as though he wasn't a first choice selection in the middle of the side.

Lucas was strongly linked with a move away from the club earlier on in the season when he appeared to fall down the pecking order under Brendan Rodgers - but ever since November and December, the Brazilian has been more of a regular in the side when he has been available, and was pivotal to the Reds getting their season back on track after a dreadful start to the campaign.

In the summer it was reported by the Echo that Liverpool would listen to offers for the Brazilian but none were forthcoming, but it seems to be the case that Lucas is now a pivotal member of the the squad for the forseeable future.

After returning from an injury he picked up in the Merseyside derby in February, Lucas was an unused subsitute in the defeat to Manchester United, but as soon as he was fit after the international break he was thrown into the action for the humbling defeat to Arsenal.

The Brazilian then put in a typical performance in the FA Cup win over Blackburn - as he was prepared to take on the more physical opponents he was up against.

With two years remaining on his current deal, one wonders if the speculation may change with Lucas from a transfer to new contract talks. Whether that in fact materialises in the future remains to be seen.

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