No chill Tuesday. Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has revealed he would have left Anfield had he not started against Arsenal.
Lucas was not fielded for the first two league games that Liverpool played, but he was in the match against Arsenal, when Henderson got injured.
The Brazil international was one of the best players on the pitch at the Emirates and revealed he would have jumped ship had he not started.
“Maybe if there hadn’t been the Arsenal game, I wouldn’t be here now,” he told reporters.
“But I always believe that things happen for a reason. I’m very happy that I stayed and I will keep fighting for the club as I have been doing for the past eight years.”
Lucas insists he did not want to leave Liverpool but after watching his starting opportunities dwindle, and with the arrival of James Milner, the former Gremio man believed he had no choice if he wanted to play.
“I was very frustrated that I couldn’t make the squad for the first two games, but I had to keep training and working hard because we have a lot of examples where football can change in a moment,” he said.
“Of course, I never wanted to leave Liverpool. I have a home here and my family are very happy but sometimes you do find yourself thinking about another solution if you think that will keep your career going.”