According to the Standard,
“I’m not speaking to anyone at the moment because I’m under contract, but I am looking around, given I am not playing. There was contact with Napoli last summer, but the parties didn’t reach a satisfactory agreement. It’s true that (manager Rafael) Benitez has always held me in high esteem,” he said.
Lucas, 27, has made just two starts in the Premier League this season, despite Liverpool’s midfield arguably benefiting from a player as combative as the Brazilian. Last season, he played 27 games for the Reds, but with manager Brendan Rodgers pinning his faith in Emre Can – whom he signed this summer – it appears Lucas’ time with the Merseyside outfit will be up in January.
Napoli wanted him in the summer, but the deal failed to materialise. However, there won’t be a shortage of interest this time round as Lucas has made his desire to leave very clear.
With Steven Gerrard approaching the end of his playing career, and Liverpool not boasting many options in the midfield in terms of cover (Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Joe Allen), Lucas is still a player needed in the team to provide depth. But he looks on his way out in the coming months now, and will need to be replaced.
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