Just when you thought that Liverpool’s post-Luis Suarez recruitment strategy couldn’t have got any more self-defeating than signing Mario Balotelli, this happens.
Under the headline ‘Lucas likely to leave Liverpool in January as Inter Milan hold talks over loan deal’ Talksport report that Brazilian defensive-midfielder Lucas Leiva may move to Serie A in the next window.
This is the same Lucas who has seen his side lose 57 per cent of the games in which he hasn’t made the starting line-up this season, compared to 18 per cent of those where he has made the XI.
The Brazilian is nothing less than the club’s one and only dedicated deep-midfield spoiler and his increasing use ahead of Steven Gerrard in the role in recent weeks has seen Brendan Rodgers’ side tighten up considerably.
Cashing in on the 27-year-old, who has had his troubles with injuries, is one thing, but a loan? Surely there is not one positive for Liverpool in such a deal?
That is, unless they are hoping to free up wages for an exciting new signing in the position…
Why else would the club be willing to ship out such a key tool in the squad of any modern day squad with league title and European aspirations when no commensurate replacement is currently on the premises?
As of now there has been little genuinely thrilling speculation, although the figure of Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph, out of contract at the end of the current campaign, has been doing the rounds in the rumour mill in recent days.
One slightly more seductive name on the edge of every manager in need of a deeper-lying midfield operative’s radar will be that of Real Madrid’s World Cup Winner Sami Khedira.
Since essentially completing football last summer he has precisely 47 minutes of La Liga action for Los Blancos and the 27-year-old will be out of contract in the summer.