This is really interesting from Jordan Henderson and for us, demonstrates why we should be keeping Lucas at the club beyond next season.
The Brazilian is our longest serving player and this summer will mark his tenth anniversary on Merseyside.
He’s been in and out of Jurgen Klopp’s team, with the German primarily using him as a central defender until the current injury crisis in central midfield, where he’s reverted to the past two fixtures.
But his role at the club is so much more important than purely on-field, and these statements by the skipper demonstrate that.
Henderson told the Echo: “Any person joining Liverpool Football Club, regardless of age, status or experience, who is looking for a role model or an example to follow then, for me, you look no further than Lucas Leiva.
“Watching the Merseyside derby at the weekend, it was a reminder to everyone why he has been, and continues to be, so valuable to this club. In simple terms he sets the standard of professionalism and attitude of what it is to be a Liverpool player.
“In the dressing room there is no-one who is respected or admired more.
“I think from the outside he is often portrayed as being the ‘go-to person’ for our lads from his own country of Brazil or any Spanish or Portuguese-speaking players who join Liverpool.
“But that does him a massive disservice.
“It doesn’t even scratch the surface of his influence.
“I came from the north east and the help and support he gave me initially and still gives me to this day is massive.
“It doesn’t matter to Lucas whether you’re from Runcorn or Rio, he’ll make time for you and look to offer his experience to help individuals or the team when it’s needed.”
Lucas has been linked with various clubs for a number of windows in a row now, but he’s remained a red and we believe it’s crucial to retain his kind of experience in the dressing room. He’s been present for our title pursuits in 2008/09 and 2013/14 and will have valuable words of wisdom to pass on.