Report: Liverpool's Lucas Leiva not agitating for Galatasaray move

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva in action

Galatasaray have been strongly linked with a move for the Liverpool midfielder

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva in action with Wigan's Jason Pearce

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva is attracting interest from Turkish side Galatasaray but according to the Daily Mail the Brazilian is not agitating for a move away from Merseyside, nor is manager Jurgen Klopp actively allowing the player to go. 

Lucas has just one year left on his contract and is recovering from a hamstring injury he picked up in a pre-season game against Huddersfield Town last month. 

It is apparent, however, that the club's longest serving player has fallen down the pecking order in midfield, and with just one year left on his contract now would be the moment for the Reds to get any kind of fee for the 29-year-old, while Galatasaray could also offer the player regular first-team football.

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva in action

It seems that Emre Can, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum could all be ahead of him for a role in central midfield, and although he has played centre-back on several occasions during the last campaign, there could be as many as five central defenders ahead of him when the Reds have a full compliment in that area. 

Nothing seems to have developed in the form of offering Lucas a new deal at Anfield, but something may transpire if he does remain at the club beyond the transfer window and is called upon in certain games. 

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Lucas Leiva

Certainly, if Lucas were to leave that would be another experienced player departing the club, and one that has a connection with some of the Reds' more regular starters in fellow countryman Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino which should not be underestimated.

Klopp seemed to move to add experience to his squad in Ragnar Klavan and Alex Manninger during this transfer window. Furthermore, given the amount of times Lucas has been handed the captain's armband under Klopp, it is clear he is thought of as one of the leaders in the dressing room.

It seems that if the player were to leave it will be on his own terms, but he could leave something of a gap when it comes to a side that needs leaders for the coming campaign.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Lucas Leiva celebrate at the end of the match

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