Report: Lucas to Galatasaray deal off because of Jurgen Klopp's intervention

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva during training

Lucas had been strongly linked with a move to Turkey again.

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

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva will not be making a switch to Galatasaray, according to a report in the Daily Mirror, which says that manager manager Jurgen Klopp pulled the plug on a deal at the 11th hour. 

The Turkish club's interest was well known with director Levent Nazifoğlu quoted by the club's Twitter account yesterday, saying: "We've spoken personally with Lucas Leiva. He asked for one more day. The situation will be clearer by tonight."

That decision appears to be a no - with the Mirror saying that Klopp was worried about being left short because of injuries going into the new campaign, which gets underway with a trip to Arsenal on Sunday. 

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Nazifoğlu is quoted, saying: "We are no longer pursuing Lucas Leiva. We will continue efforts to sign alternative names instead."

Lucas has just one year left on his contract, and this summer would have been the right time to cash in on him if they wished to.

However, part of the reason for keeping hold of the player will be for his versatility as he was used both in his natural midfield role and at centre-back. Both are areas where Liverpool could be a bit short with a couple of injury problems or suspensions, although it is unlikely Lucas will be used as a first choice player for much of the season.

It seems to be something of an annual event for Lucas to be linked away from the club. In August last year he seemed to wave goodbye to the Liverpool fans after he was substituted against Arsenal, when it seemed he was destined to leave the club. That did not materialise and it seems he will remain at least for another season.

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva in action

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