Lucas Leiva admits he was close to leaving Liverpool in the summer

Lucas said he believed he was waving goodbye to fans the last time the Reds faced Arsenal.

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has admitted he thought he was leaving the club in the summer, and said he believed he was waving goodbye to the fans when he was substituted the last time the Reds faced Arsenal - a 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League earlier on in the season. 

Lucas had been strongly linked with a move away from Anfield under Brendan Rodgers, much like the summer before as speculation mounted suggesting the Northern Irishman wanted to move Lucas on. 

But the Brazilian admits he feels more comfortable at Liverpool now than he did when rumours about his future were doing the rounds.

He told the official Liverpool website: "It was probably a wave saying goodbye, I was very close to leaving.

"I learned the last couple of years that every transfer window, every time that some transfer can happen, my name will always be there because I’ve been here so many years.

"It’s normal people sometimes think that change for me would be good, for the club would be good, so I just learned that I need to enjoy every minute.

"If I don’t feel right then something needs to change but it’s been very good for me the last three or four months I would say and I’m very comfortable at the moment in terms of games and the way I can help."

Lucas has certainly become a valuable member of the side under Jurgen Klopp. Whenever Jordan Henderson and James Milner have been absent, Klopp has tended to hand the captain's armband to Lucas.

On the field he has not only performed in his natural defensive midfield role, but also further back in the centre of defence - which has included a terrific performance against Stoke City in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final last week.

With Liverpool's shortage of experience and resources given the recent injury crisis, the club should be glad to still have him around the place.

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