Lucas’ future in doubt

Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva has hinted that his future may lie away from Anfield if he continues to be only a squad player at the club.

The 22-year-old has found himself constantly behind the likes of Steven Gerrard, Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso in the Reds’ impressive central midfield.

And after a season of poor performances from Lucas, he has admitted he will consider his options when the current campaign is over, with his commitment to his country in mind.

“I think I have played a lot, but the competition for places here is very high,” he told Brazilian football journal, Folha.

“The situation doesn’t really worry me, but my objective has always been to play in order to make sure I am back with the national side.

“Once the season is over, I will have to see what is the best option for me. It is the World Cup next year and I will have to push to get this chance and you have to be playing to get called up.”

Lucas was signed by Rafa Benitez from Gremio in 2007.