On the fringe of Jürgen Klopp’s squad at Liverpool, Lucas Leiva decided leaving Anfield, the stadium he’d played in for ten years, this summer was best for his career.
Often playing out of position under the German manager, at the heart of the defence rather than in front of it, the Brazilian midfielder moved to a club who had just lost their talisman in Lucas Biglia: Lazio.
The Serie A side couldn’t resist AC Milan’s money for the Argentine, and a replacement was swiftly needed, which they found at Liverpool in Lucas Leiva.
Bought for a fee said to be around £5m, the 30-year-old has hugely impressed since his arrival, so much so that he’s earned himself a new nickname: The Boss.
Il Messaggero dedicate a whole article just to how good Leiva has been, labelling him a ‘revelation’ and explaining how he’s quickly become the team’s unofficial leader on and off the pitch.
Receiving a standing ovation when coming off in his first game against Juventus, the Brazilian could be the catalyst to take Lazio to the next step, helping many of the players with his vast experience.
Few expected him to be this loved by the fans this early, but he’s wasted no time in imposing himself, and with a few years left in him, who knows how far he’ll take this team as the Serie A side aim for Champions League football.
Lucas is showing there’s life left in him after Liverpool.