Liverpool's Lucas Leiva admits he came close to leaving the club but remains committed

Lucas appeared destined to be heading out of Anfield this summer.

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has told the club's official website that he endured an intense summer transfer window as speculation suggested that the Brazilian was heading towards the exit door.

Lucas was left out of the first team squad in the opening two games of the season, which seemed to suggest that Brendan Rodgers was open to letting the club's longest serving player leave Anfield, but an injury to Jordan Henderson meant that he was in the starting line-up against Arsenal and then West Ham United. 

The 28-year-old admits that he was close to leaving the Reds, but insists that he remains fully committed to Liverpool. 

He said: "Of course there are times when you think you might have to move on and I was very close to moving but one thing I will always have is commitment to this club.

"I've been here so long and I always said if I had the choice to be here and be happy, I would always choose Liverpool.

"When your future is in doubt, you might have to think of another solution, but I'm happy that it didn't happen and I'm here to fight for the club as I have been doing for eight years.

"I'm just looking forward to a good season and putting Liverpool back where it belongs. I have this chance to say I'm fully committed."

He went on to say that he hopes to be an important player for the Reds this season, and given he is a specialist defensive midfield player, it looks as though he will be even if he doesn't play week in, week out. Certain games away from home against the bigger clubs are the kind where Lucas will be the ideal player to break up the play, and committing the odd clever foul to frustrate opponents.

The Reds may have several midfield options but they all seem to provide energy and the emphasis of their game is what they can do on the ball, whereas Lucas is a player that you need in the side to help them when they aren't in possession - winning it back when the side finds themselves in trouble. It can take him a few games to get up to speed, but a Liverpool side with a Lucas in good form in it usually proves to be a better Liverpool team.

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