Lucas: Staying at Liverpool always my first choice

Date published: Wednesday 9th September 2015 10:37

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Lucas wants to help Liverpool get “back to where we belong” this season – after hinting he came close to quitting the club he “loves” for Besiktas this summer.

Lucas, 28, reportedly travelled to Istanbul for talks with Besiktas after dropping down the midfield pecking order at Anfield and being told he could leave the club if he wanted by manager Brendan Rodgers.

“I think the last couple of years, every transfer window my name is [linked with a move],” he told the club’s official website.

“Of course there are times when you think you might have to move on and I was very close to moving but one thing I will always have is commitment to this club.”

Lucas was dropped for Liverpool’s opening two clashes of the season after a reported training-ground row with manager Brendan Rodgers.

But he returned to the squad to help Liverpool grind out a 0-0 draw at Arsenal last month.

After the performance officials at Besiktas confirmed they had failed to convince the player and club to move forward with a transfer.

And the Brazilian says he remains happy with life on Merseyside.

“I’ve been here so long and I always said if I had the choice to be here and be happy, I would always choose Liverpool,” he added.

“When your future is in doubt, you might have to think of another solution, but I’m happy that it didn’t happen and I’m here to fight for the club as I have been doing for eight years.

“I’m just looking forward to a good season and putting Liverpool back where it belongs. I have this chance to say I’m fully committed.

“I’ve been here so long and I really love this club, I just need to now focus on my performance and help in the way the manager and the staff asked me to help.

“Hopefully, I’ll be an important player for the club this season.”

Lucas will hope to be part of the Liverpool side that faces Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday evening and Rodgers’ side are 59/20 with BetBright to win the game, with United 10/11 favourites.

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