It’s that time of year when myth dares to become reality for a short time. Yes, Lucas Leiva transfer rumours are here despite Jürgen Klopp telling everyone that no first-team squad members are for sale in the January transfer window. Still, the experienced Brazilian has been linked with a move to Internazionale.
The Daily Mirror report that the Italian side “have made an enquiry” for a player who now functions as depth at centre back behind Dejan Lovren and Joël Matip. Ragnar Klavan appears to have gained the third spot ahead of Lucas, banishing the ghoulish experiences at Turf Moor that pushed him out of the picture for a while. The offer is reportedly £4 million with add-ons for a reserve player who turns 30 next month with a contract expiring in the summer.
However, Mamadou Sakho is set to leave next month after his Liverpool career was effectively ended after being sent home from the club’s pre-season tour of America. Joe Gomez has returned from injury, and while he will continue to build his fitness at Liverpool instead of going out on loan, it may be too soon to expect him to regularly challenge for a place in the matchday squad. Matip’s ankle complaint is a concern, too, leaving Lovren, Klavan, and Lucas as the club’s options in central defence. Selling any of the three in January would be unwise.
Liverpool are entering a busy period of football that stretches into a February and don't need to lose seasoned players like Lucas Leiva.