Lucas Leiva has now completed his move to Lazio from Liverpool. The photos of him in Rome airport with the club’s scarf around his neck earlier in the week showed the signing was imminent.
A £5m bid from Lazio arrived at the doorstep of the Merseyside outfit on Friday, and it seems that personal terms have been thrashed out over the weekend.
A fan favourite
Lucas joined Liverpool in 2007 from Gremio, where he spent a decade at the club accumulating an impressive 346 appearances. He eventually became a fan-favourite for his honesty, dependability and fierce commitment. In his 10 years at the club he has become an honorary Scouser and even adopted the accent.
The former Liverpool midfielder has chosen to switch the Premier League for Serie A after being told by Jurgen Klopp that he would struggle for game time during the coming season.
It was reported that Klopp was eager to keep hold of the defensive minded man, valuing his experience as the longest serving player in the squad. With interest appearing from both Turkey and Italy though, it’s now clear that the German was happy to accept Lucas’ desire to leave the club as he continues his search for a new central midfielder.
Loving life in Liverpool
Upon leaving the Merseyside club, the Brazilian said to Liverpool’s official website
“Thank you for all the support, especially in difficult times, that’s when it means a lot. We all know that Liverpool fans are really special and they were always here for me.
“I’ll always be watching and supporting Liverpool and for sure I’ll be back, in the city to visit friends and watch games in the future.”
Captain Jordan Henderson lead the tributes to Lucas in the video, he said:
“Lucas, on behalf of the lads, we just want to say thank you for everything you have done for us, we wish you all the best for the future and hope to see you soon.”