Liverpool media round-up: Club open to Lucas offers, Milner on winning ugly

Lucas Leiva

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning.

Liverpool are willing to listen to offers for Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva, according to several outlets, including the Liverpool Echo.

Lucas was left out of the squad entirely for the Reds opening day win over Stoke City on Sunday and didn't travel to the Britannia Stadium - instead choosing to remain on Merseyside. 

The Echo's report says Lucas was 'crestfallen' to be left out and is now considering his options. The Brazilian currently has two years remaining on his deal at Anfield, and could be available for around £8 million if the 28-year-old pushes for a transfer and the right offer comes in before the transfer deadline. 

The report also says that Emre Can is set for a role in defensive midfield - the role he appeared in during his cameo against the Potters, which is said to make it harder for Lucas to break into the starting XI.

The Daily Mirror's report of the story says there was a 'frank exchange' between Lucas and manager Brendan Rodgers after the decision was taken to omit the Brazilian from the matchday squad, which could ultimately lead to his exit. 

Summer signing James Milner has said he is happy for the side to win ugly while they gel following their win at the Britannia Stadium this weekend. 

No-one could say the Reds' victory was a pretty one but they managed to get the result they needed, and the summer signing from Manchester City is quoted in the Guardian saying results and not style is what matters at the end of the day.

“Ultimately, it is about getting that win whether it is a game where we can move the ball about or whether it is a game where it is a battle and we have to grind it out. You have to assess the situation and be able to adapt and play in different formations against different sides. It is a top team that can adapt and win games when things maybe aren’t playing to your strengths.”

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