Jurgen Klopp personally stepped in to stop Lucas leaving Liverpool this summer, even though it was the player’s wish to move on, according to football agent Metin Korkmaz.
The 29-year-old Brazilian has emerged as a real cult hero at Anfield over the course of what has been a difficult career on Merseyside.
Lucas was initially written off as a flop when he signed for the club from Gremio in 2007 as a promising attacking midfielder, but as the years have passed he’s slotted back into a holding role and is now the longest serving player in the Reds’ squad.
It did look as if Lucas would be moving on this summer though, with Galatasaray having been close to snapping him up.
And Korkmaz has revealed that the experienced star would be heading for Istanbul had it not been for Klopp’s decision to keep him, which has gone somewhat against the player’s own wishes:
“Klopp was behind the transfer hitting the rocks, he wants Lucas to stay and the player had to listen.” He is quoted by Turkish Football. “If it was up to Lucas he would have made the transfer.”
Lucas, who is currently out injured, looks unlikely to be a key player under Klopp this season given the quantity of central players the German has to choose from, but his ability to fill in at centre-back is sure to make him a useful option across the campaign.