Liverpool have announced that midfielder Lucas Levia has signed a new long-term contract with the club. The Brazilian has made 208 appearances since joining the club in 2008 from Gremio, and despite recent injuries, has become a vital part of Liverpool’s midfield. The twenty-six-year-old has earned 20 caps for Brazil, has made 18 Premier League starts this season, and has in part of Brendan Rodgers long term plans, according to managing director Ian Ayre.
“It’s fantastic. He (Lucas) has been such a great servant to the club and I think during the period he went through with his two injuries, he put so much work into it and the club supported him through it,” Ayre said.
“He just goes from strength to strength. We said throughout last summer and January, we wanted to keep our best, experienced players, and this is another great example of that.
“The manager has said several times that as well as having a great, young squad, it’s important we have experience and it’s important we have characters. People like Lucas fit that.
“He’ll tell you he’s still very young but in footballing terms he’s experienced and a big part of the team.”
The midfielder has also expressed his joy at putting pen to paper saying telling Liverpool’s official website, “I am really delighted to have the opportunity to play for this club”
“It’s another long-term contract that I have signed – but it was the same feeling as when I first came here,” Lucas said”
“I am really delighted to have the opportunity to play for this club. It’s where I think I belong and where I wanted to stay, so I am very happy and looking forward to a few more years here.
“It was an easy decision because after the long period of my career I have had here, I would like to give the best of my time to this club. It was not a difficult decision to make and I am really looking forward to what will hopefully be a few more years with a lot of success.”