Look no further than Lucas Leiva for an accurate representation of the kind of team player every manager wants at his disposal.
The Brazilian’s Anfield future is once again subject to uncertainty yet it seems unlikely Jurgen Klopp will sell a man of his experience and leadership with any ease. Regardless of what role he plays at the club, Lucas remains not only prepared to continue fighting for his place but also keen for new arrivals to come in and help take Liverpool forward.
“If you relax when you’re not playing then I think something is wrong, that’s just my personality. But I know he’s the manager and he makes decisions for the team, it’s not just about one player. So I have to keep working to get more chances,” he told Sky Sports.
“Now we just focus on the final four games and try to finish in the top four, which will be a good achievement for this year, then I’ll sit down and talk [with the club] to see what is best.”
“We know how big the Champions League is, especially for this club. We had a very good year last year playing in European games and it’s always important to help attract players, keep developing this squad and everything around us.”
Champions League qualification beckons and Liverpool’s final run-in not only gives Lucas an important job on his hands but also a platform in which to secure his future at the club for at least another year.
Securing the opportunity to compete with Europe’s elite next season would surely lead Klopp to keep hold of the midfielder in aid of his squad’s strength in depth. Though it would be no means assure him regular first team football, it would give him a role to play and one that would also see him be a valuable role model for new signings and upcoming youngsters.
It’s hard not to love a man who is so determined to see this club become successful again.