With his contract running down and given he hasn't been a regular starter at the club under Jürgen Klopp, the expectation is that Lucas Leiva will move on in the summer, Liverpool's longest-tenured player heading off in search of more minutes as he enters into the later stages of his career.
Whatever happens, though, he says he will part on good terms when the time comes. With the club and with the manager both. He also isn't about to say that the future is settled and that he's certain to move on. A stay may be unlikely, but Lucas signing a new deal in the summer isn't impossible.
"Many times I was close, or the rumours were there," he said when asked about previous summers when and being linked with moves away from Liverpool before. "At the end of the day it didn't happen and the good thing is that the respect was always there between me and the club.
"It will always be about making a good decision for both parties. I know he's the manager and makes decisions for the team, not just about one player, so I have to keep working to get chances. Now we just focus on the final four games and try to finish in the top four, then I'll sit down and talk to see what's best."
Though he hasn't been a first choice starter under Klopp, his ability to cover both defence and midfield has meant that the 30-year-old still sees the pitch regularly, and in total Lucas has 27 first team appearances so far this season in all competitions. Twenty of those—along with two assists—have been in the league.
Next season, there will be both more players and more games to go around, as Liverpool is expected to strengthen their squad ahead of a return to European competition. And there's a chance Lucas will still be around for that. Though even if he isn't, he sees a bright future for the club.
"There's something special, I'd say," he added. "The group of players we have and the manager know what it takes to win. We've seen how much we've improved in the last 18 months as a team and as a club. Everyone is a lot more positive now because he arrived and gave us that extra energy."