Sports World News of Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Lucas Leiva has seen his Liverpool future called into question and admits that it is difficult to tell how much longer he will stay at Anfield.
Inter were reported to be closing in on a deal prior to the turn of the year, but no agreement was put in place and the Brazilian remains in England.
Klopp rules out Coutinho move
The 30-year-old has, however, become a fringe figure under Jurgen Klopp this season, making only seven starts in all competitions.
The options at Liverpool’s disposal are making it difficult for him to force his way into the fold, either in a natural midfield berth or as part of the back four.
He concedes that the situation “is not great” and that he has plenty to consider with the January transfer window open.
Lucas has spent close to 10 years on Merseyside, though, and would find it difficult to walk away, especially with the club challenging for major honours.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “The situation is not great.
“It is not something I want for my future to have not many games but at this moment I have to deal with this and try to find a solution when I have the chance.
“I have to be professional, think about the team and see what is going to happen.
“I don’t want this for my career, especially at my age. I’m not close to retiring and have many years ahead of me.
“Of course there are always rumours but today the best place for me to be is Liverpool. I cannot say about tomorrow.
“The manager has been very good to me and we have a very open relationship so it is nothing I am worried about.
“You want to play - we get paid to play - but I just try to be professional and help as much as I can and when I have the chance do my best. That is the only thing I think everyone asks.
“It is not something I want for my future to not play much, especially at this time of my career, but at this moment I have to deal with the situation and keep working.
“It has been a special season already and we have a chance to win trophies and that is something I’ll consider as well.”
Liverpool currently sit second in the Premier League table, five points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
They also have an EFL Cup semi-final clash with Southampton approaching and opened their FA Cup campaign over the weekend – although they will require a replay with Plymouth Argyle at the third round stage.