‘I never wanted to leave Liverpool,’ says Lucas

Date published: Tuesday 22nd September 2015 10:55

Lucas Leiva Liverpool

Lucas insists he “never wanted to leave” Liverpool, with the midfielder admitting his game against Arsenal potentially saved his Anfield career.

Brazilian midfielder Lucas was omitted from the Reds’ squad for their opening two games against Stoke and Bournemouth, and was linked with a move to Turkish side Besiktas in the summer transfer window.

However, he was recalled to the starting line-up by Brendan Rodgers against Arsenal last month, impressing in that game and proving his worth to the side since in the absence of captain Jordan Henderson.

Lucas admits that while he was frustrated due to his lack of game time at the start of the season, he “never wanted to leave” the club.

“I was very frustrated that I couldn’t make the squad for the first two games, but I had to keep training and working hard because we have a lot of examples where football can change in a moment,” Lucas told the Daily Mirror.

“Of course, I never wanted to leave Liverpool. I have a home here and my family are very happy. But sometimes you do find yourself thinking about another solution if you think that will keep your career going.

“A couple of things happened during the first couple of games that gave me the chance to play against Arsenal, and I believe it was because I was training so hard and was well prepared that I was able to come in and have a good game.

“Maybe if there hadn’t been the Arsenal game, I wouldn’t be here now. But I always believe that things happen for a reason.

“I’m very happy that I stayed and I will keep fighting for the club as I have been doing for the past eight years.”

A disappointing 1-1 home draw with Norwich on Sunday leaves Liverpool lying in 13th in the Premier League table, but Lucas feels Brendan Rodgers and his side are capable of bouncing back.

“We have to keep perspective. It’s very early and experience has taught me not to get too carried away by victories and not to get too down after defeats.

“If we keep working hard, improving and picking up points, then we can still get to where we want to be.”

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