After eight years at Anfield, it looks like Lucas Leiva’s time in the Premier League is finally up.
Brendan Rodgers is riding high with his new roster and seems to feel that eight-year veteran Lucas Leiva is an unnecessary luxury.
According to the Metro, Leiva is being sent to Beskitas of the Turkish Super Lig on a season-long loan deal. Leiva has been replaced in the rotation with Emre Can and the Metro reported that Brendan Rodgers has told the 28-year-old Brazilian that he’s “surplus to requirements.”
Since joining Liverpool out of Gremio in 2007 for just £5 million, Lucas Leiva has made 196 Premier League appearances for the Reds, scoring one goal as a defensive midfielder. He won the Liverpool Player of the Year award in 2011.
Liverpool’s summer additions of James Milner gave the club plenty of veteran leadership (with significantly more trophy experience to boot) in lieu of the recently-departed Steven Gerrard, who moved to the United States to join the LA Galaxy in MLS several months ago.
The Reds have started the season with two wins against Stoke City and Bournemouth.
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