Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder is too important to sell this summer.
According to recent comments from ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva could leave Anfield this summer as he searches for more game-time.
Carragher was speaking to the Mirror when he discussed the potential unrest after the 28-year-old was omitted from the match-day squad for the opening weekend clash against Stoke City.
But if Lucas was to leave Anfield this summer it would be a big mistake on the part of Liverpool to simply wave him goodbye without a fight.
The Reds have certainly strengthened this summer but manager Brendan Rodgers has not signed another defensive midfielder and if Lucas was sold that would put a considerable amount of pressure on Emre Can.
After all, neither James Milner nor Jordan Henderson is what you would call a holding player – not in the vein of Lucas or Can – and that type of footballer is vitally important at various times throughout the season.
Can is talented enough to take over but he is still only 21 and if he gets injured that could cause an issue if Lucas was not there to call on.
You only need to look at the Brazilian’s influence for Liverpool last season when he returned to the fold, helping his side to an eight-match undefeated streak that included five victories and three draws.
In fact were it not for an ill-timed groin injury Lucas is likely to who have played every important match for the rest of the season such was his influence; so even with Milner and Henderson now in tandem there is surely a way to include Lucas and ensure Rodgers is not left short in an area of the field that is arguably the hardest to strengthen effectively.