Liverpool face battle to keep midfield star

Lucas Leiva (Liverpool)Liverpool face a tough battle to keep Lucas Leiva, with Napoli keen to lure him away from Anfield, according to reports from talkSPORT.

After a rocky start to his career with the Reds, the Brazilian international has blossomed into a key man in the club’s midfield unit.

This season he has been deployed alongside the now deeper-lying Steven Gerrard, and the pair have formed a successful partnership which has seen Liverpool rise up to third in the table.

Lucas’ impressive form has alerted former Kop boss Rafael Benitez who is keen to entice the enforcer to Naples.

The Spaniard brought the 26-year-old to Liverpool in 2007 and is still thought to be a huge admirer of his talents.

The rugged yet technically astute midfielder is said to be happy on Merseyside, but may be tempted by the lure of Champions League football and a genuine chance to challenge for the Italian league title.

Meanwhile, Benitez will go head-to-head with his replacement at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho, in the race for Paris Saint-Germain’s Blaise Matuidi.

The French international is set to leave the Parc des Prince on a free transfer when his contract ends next summer.

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