Why Jurgen Klopp lets Lucas Leiva leave

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Lucas Leiva is already part of Liverpool history with 326 appearances for the Reds. Jurgen Klopp seams prepared to let him move to Serie A.

Barring an injury crisis changing Liverpool's stance over the coming week, it looks increasingly likely that the Kop will be waving goodbye to one of the club's finest servants of the Premier League era.

One reason is the change in role for Lucas Leiva, from midfield to centre back, that place hi, below Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan in the pecking order. Last summer Liverpool got a lucrative offer from Galatasaray, then Klopp asked Lucas to stay, much due to Joe Gomez Injury.

Noe that Joe is back the pecking order is getting even worse for Lucas Leiva.

Klopp had never worked with Gomez – the young defender rupturing his ACL on England Under-21s duty just days after the German took over at Anfield in October 2015.

But the Reds boss has been hugely impressed by both Gomez's talent and application in training. Klopp has dismissed all loan offers for the 19-year-old and believes he will have a role to play for Liverpool in the second half of the season.

The Reds boss has great respect for Lucas, who is a leader in the dressing room and a role model for the youngsters. His attitude has always been top class.

However, with Gomez back fit, the manager believes it would be wrong to block another move for Lucas when his game time is likely to be limited over the coming months.

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