Liverpool midfielder Lucas has admitted that he was seriously considering whether to quit Anfield this summer, but reaffirmed his desire to remain on Merseyside, according to the Daily Express.
The 28-year-old was linked with a switch to Turkish side Besiktas after a reported bust-up with manager Brendan Rodgers saw him miss the opening two games of the new season (via Express).
And while Lucas conceded that he thought about leaving, he suggested that he is delighted to be staying where he has spent the last eight years (via Express).
“Of course there are times when you think you might have to move on and I was very close to moving but one thing I will always have is commitment to this club,” he said.
“I’ve been here so long and I really love this club, I just need to now focus on my performance and help in the way the manager and the staff asked me to help,” he added.
While he missed the games against Stoke and Bournemouth after his reported row with Rodgers, he was recalled for the clash at the Emirates against Arsenal.
His presence was one of the reasons that the Reds were able to take the game to the Gunners in the first-half, as he provided the defensive support that allowed the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, and Emre Can to focus on providing support for Christian Benteke.
And while the West Ham defeat was a complete contrast, the Brazilian will be hoping to provide the same cover that will keep Manchester United at bay on Saturday.
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