After spending ten whole years at Anfield, Lucas Leiva is now a Lazio player, having signed a three-year contract. According to former coach Jurgen Klopp though, the Brazilian could one day return to Liverpool, and he’d make sure to find a place for him at the club.
He loves Liverpool. It’s unbelievable. He comes from Brazil – it’s a nice country and the weather is much better, but still…
the German manager told ESPN, talking about his former player.
He could imagine staying in Liverpool for the rest of his life. I told him that the door is always open for him after his three years and if I’m still here, of course, then, we will find a place for him
Klopp said, revealing the promise he gave to the Brazilian midfielder, before adding
I’m sure he’ll be a fantastic coach or manager.
Liverpool’s boss then went on talking about how the two men decided to part ways – for now – and how their conversation ended when they agreed that he should leave Liverpool.
Things change but Lucas is a special case. He asked for it. I would say he’s a friend. He’s a fantastic person. How I know and how he knows, he has a few issues when he’s not playing! But we always had a very respectful understanding. It was really good. When he left, we both had a little tear in our eye. It was really a special moment.
Last, Klopp practically said that Lucas was right to choose Lazio.
He could sign a long-term contract in Rome and how can I say: ‘You stay here, but I don’t know if you sign a new contract and I don’t know how often you will play next year’. So you need to be honest, especially with a player like him
the German manager said.