Lucas Leiva has made a £5 million move to Lazio, ending a 10-year spell with Liverpool that saw him develop a strong relationship with supporters.
The Brazilian joined the Reds from Gremio in 2007, and went on to make 346 appearances in all competitions, winning the club’s Player of the Season award in 2010/11.
Having dropped down the pecking order in recent years, however, Lucas opted to end his time with Liverpool after marking a decade on Merseyside.
After undergoing a medical in Rome on Monday morning, the 30-year-old finalised his £5 million switch to Lazio.
And taking to social media to pay tribute on his exit, Liverpool supporters hailed one of their most loyal players in the Premier League era.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) July 17, 2017
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) July 18, 2017
— Luis Garcia (@luchogarcia14) July 17, 2017
As a person & player @LucasLeiva87 has been a class act for Liverpool. He deserves all the praise that comes his way in the next few days ??
— Michael Beale (@MichaelBeale) July 16, 2017
An absolute class act, on and off the pitch. We wish you and your family nothing but the best. You are, and always will be, one of us… https://t.co/DcMVmy3MXU
— Peter Moore (@PeterMooreLFC) July 18, 2017
For as long as I covered LFC @LucasLeiva87 was there. An amazing fella, one who had so many injury nightmares but always made you smile
— John Bradley (@jbradleymedia) July 16, 2017
Wishing Lucas all the best with his new club. Fought through tough times to become a fan favorite at Anfield. He will be missed
— keith costigan (@KeithCostigan) July 16, 2017
— Jim Boardman (@JimBoardman) July 16, 2017
— Taintless Red (@TaintlessRed) July 14, 2017
— Éliane Abi-Sleiman (@ElianeA_S) July 16, 2017
Thank you @LucasLeiva87 for everything. Top class since day one. Once a red, always a red ??
— AnfieldsKopArmy (@AnfieldsKopArmy) July 14, 2017
Lucas fought through constant criticism & gave us 10 years of service, wearing his heart on his sleeve. Wish him nothing but luck at Lazio.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) July 16, 2017
Whatever you thought of him as a player, Lucas never gave anything less than 100% every time he pulled on the shirt. Wish him all the best.
— Sam Drury (@SamDrury11) July 16, 2017
All the best @LucasLeiva87. Few players embrace the culture of the club & the city in the way he has. Always gave absolutely everything.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) July 16, 2017
Lucas leaving has saddened me a bit. I think it's the right move for all parties but he's a great character. I'll miss him.
— Tim Bolton (@timbolton1) July 16, 2017
— Harinder Singh (@Harinder1977) July 16, 2017
If Lucas doesn't get a testimonial…
We riot!! @LFC
— LFC_Tonks (@LFC_Tonks) July 16, 2017