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Lucas Leiva Could Play Against Arsenal Despite Exit Rumours

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When Brendan Rodgers left Lucas out of his squad for Liverpool's opener against Stoke City, it seemed to spell the end of the Brazilian midfielder's long career at Anfield. Like sharks smelling a capable defensive midfielder in the water, teams around Europe began to circle in search of a bargain deal. Reputable sources had Lucas going to Besiktas on loan, and there was an expectation that Lucas would never line up for the Reds again.

But James Pearce of the Echo reports that Jordan Henderson's foot injury has given Lucas a fresh opportunity to fight his way back into the first team picture. In need of midfield depth against Arsenal, Brendan Rodgers is set to include Lucas in his squad, according to the report. There's even the suggestion that Lucas could start the match, although that's probably too far fetched.

Pearce also reports that the Besiktas deal is in jeopardy as Liverpool are intent on finding a permanent home for Lucas.

The word "shock" gets bandied about too often during transfer season, but if Lucas does play against Arsenal it would be a move deserving of that label. Liverpool could certainly use him in the midfield, but Rodgers has made it clear that he does not fit into his plans.

Even if Lucas sees action at the Emirates though, it's still likely that he'll be somewhere else by the end of the transfer window. Numerous teams are reportedly interested in signing him, and according to Pearce, Liverpool are still willing to listen to offers. But if he can give fans a quality goodbye performance in the first big match of the season it would be huge.

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