Italian agent Gianluca Di Marzio claims that midfielder Lucas Leiva is in talks with Lazio over a potential move to Serie A that would put an end to a decade of service on Merseyside. The Brazilian holding midfielder will see his contract expire next summer and with no sign of a new deal from Liverpool, could be tempted into a move.
Linked to this story, Italian newspaper Il Messaggero report that Liverpool are in talks with the Rome club over Lucas and two of their own players in the form of Dutch defender Stefan de Vrij and fellow centre-back Wallace. With the club looking for support in central defence, after failure in their pursuit of Virgil Van Dijk, either player could become a suitable candidate.
Elsewhere, there has been a boost for the club as Jurgen Klopp revealed that captain Jordan Henderson will return to action on Wednesday night in the club’s first pre-season friendly against local non-league side Tranmere Rovers. Klopp discussed his return, as the Liverpool Echo quote him as saying:
“Everyone who knows him knows how hard (it has been for him)… So far he could do the full and complete programme so that’s good. It will 100% be a great moment to see him back on the pitch. It was a long time unfortunately, but now we have more or less both feet behind us so that’s good; now we can make the right steps in the right direction to stay in the picture.”
Henderson has been sidelined for five months after suffering a heel injury which kept him out for a huge period of the season as the Reds looked to secure their Champions League place. Now, he will be focused on regaining fitness before the start of the 2017/18 campaign.
Another player is further behind in his race for fitness as the club website confirmed that winger Sadio Mane will not be fit enough to join the first team on their trip to Hong Kong as part of their pre-season schedule. Jurgen Klopp revealed:
“He is really, really good. He is close; he is closing on coming back to team training. In this moment, we think it will be when we are in Asia, so then it makes no sense to take him to Asia because he needs to then do the first steps in kind of team training… We have not all the time in the world, but we have time and we will use it.”
It’s thought that the Senegal international could still be fit for the start of the Premier League season in August. That remains the aim for the forward after months of rehabilitation for the knee injury sustained in the Merseyside Derby at Anfield.
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