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Lucas Leiva signs new long-term contract at Liverpool

Fan favourite Lucas is 'where he belongs' after signing new long-term Liverpool deal

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Gerard Brand

PUBLISHED:

16:45 GMT, 10 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:49 GMT, 10 April 2013

Liverpool have announced that influential midfielder Lucas Leiva has signed a new long-term contract at the club.

The Brazilian who has made 20 appearances in the Premier League this season, has put pen to paper on a new deal as Brendan Rodgers looks to build a midfield capable of challenging for the top four in the coming years.

The news comes just over two years to the day that the 26-year-old signed another long-term contract with the club, that time being rewarded for his superb form by manager Kenny Dalglish.

Signing in: The midfielder has pledged his future to the club after several impressive seasons

Signing in: The midfielder has pledged his future to the club after several impressive seasons

He told the club's website: 'It's another long-term contract that I have signed – but it was the same feeling as when I first came here.

'I am really delighted to have the opportunity to play for this club. It's where I think I belong and where I wanted to stay, so I am very happy and looking forward to a few more years here.

'It was an easy decision because after the long period of my career I have had here, I would like to give the best of my time to this club. It was not a difficult decision to make and I am really looking forward to what will hopefully be a few more years with a lot of success.'

Lucas, who has appeared for Brazil on 20 occasions, joined the Merseyside club from Brazilian side Gremio for a reported 5million in July 2007, making 208 appearances since and slowly becoming a fans favourite after a slow start.

His previous deal was due to run out in the summer of 2015.

The club's managing director Ian Ayre showed his delight with the signing, which warns off any of Europe's top clubs making a move for the midfield maestro.

Ayre told the club's website: 'It's fantastic. He has been such a great servant to the club and I think during the period he went through with his two injuries, he put so much work into it and the club supported him through it.

'He just goes from strength to strength. We said throughout last summer and January, we wanted to keep our best, experienced players, and this is another great example of that.

'The manager has said several times that as well as having a great, young squad, it's important we have experience and it's important we have characters. People like Lucas fit that.

'He'll tell you he's still very young, but in footballing terms he's experienced and a big part of the team.'

Coming of age: After a slow start at the club, the Brazilian has been an influential member of midfield

Coming of age: After a slow start at the club, the Brazilian has been an influential member of midfield

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Lucas thought career was over after injuries at Liverpool

Liverpool star Lucas feared career could be over after injury nightmare

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UPDATED:

09:12 GMT, 22 December 2012

Lucas Leiva has admitted he feared for his career after missing almost a year through injury.

The Liverpool midfielder damaged his cruciate ligaments in a collision with Chelsea's Juan Mata before suffering a thigh strain just a few games into his comeback.

And the 25-year-old Brazilian was worried his injury nightmare would never end.

All smiles: Lucas Leiva has recovered from his injury nightmare at Liverpool

All smiles: Lucas Leiva has recovered from his injury nightmare at Liverpool

'My first injury was a huge blow, but the second simply left me shattered,' he said in an interview published in Brazil.

'It was hard to take. You couldn’t help questioning if there was something wrong with my body.

'I thought “When is this going to end”.

'It goes without saying that I feared for the consequences for my career.'

Raring to go: Lucas hopes to help Liverpool improve their performances

Raring to go: Lucas hopes to help Liverpool improve their performances

Now fully recovered, Lucas is desperate to play his part in helping Liverpool climb the league.

'It’s a new beginning,' he added. 'After almost a year away, all I can think about is to play as many games as I can and gradually get back into form.

'It will be important for my confidence. I must not rush things but I am really eager to get back, especially after a lot of things changed at the club.'

Liverpool FC players visit Alder Hey children"s hospital

Suarez and Co take time out of busy festive schedule to spread Christmas cheer at Alder Hey children's hospital

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UPDATED:

22:14 GMT, 12 December 2012

Liverpool’s players were able to take time out from their preparations for the busy festive period to spread some Christmas cheer to children at Alder Hey hospital.

The likes of Luis Suarez, Joe Allen and club captain Steven Gerrard took an afternoon out on Monday to put a smile on the young faces at the children’s hospital.

The team – with club mascot Mighty Red in tow – donned Santa hats and brought goody bags for the kids after finishing their morning training session at Melwood.

Pitching in: Joe Cole (left), Luis Suarez (centre left), Sebastian Coates (centre right) and Lucas Leiva (right) visited Alder Hey Children's Hospital with Santa hats and goody bags for the children

Pitching in: Joe Cole (left), Luis Suarez (centre left), Sebastian Coates (centre right) and Lucas Leiva (right) visited Alder Hey Children's Hospital with Santa hats and goody bags for the children

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The whole gang: The Liverpool players travelled to the hospital on Monday after training in the morning

The whole gang: The Liverpool players travelled to the hospital on Monday after training in the morning

Excited: Steven Gerrard (left) and Andre Wisdom (right) signed autographs and chatted to patients and their families

Excited: Steven Gerrard (left) and Andre Wisdom (right) signed autographs and chatted to patients and their families

To make sure as many of the young fans got their chance to see the squad, the players split up into groups to make their way around the hospital, signing autographs and talking to patients and their families.

Staff at Alder Hey tried to keep the visit a secret, but word soon spread of the players’ imminent arrival.

Reds’ top goalscorer Suarez told the club’s official website: ‘It's so nice to come here and see the children. It's very important.

‘When you have children yourself, it makes you realise how lucky you are.’

Top secret The staff at the hospital were unable to keep the players' visit under wraps

Top secret The staff at the hospital were unable to keep the players' visit under wraps

Splitting up: Raheem Sterling, Daniel Pacheco, Pepe Reina, Suso and Conor Coady were one of the five-strong groups doing the rounds at hospital

Splitting up: Raheem Sterling, Daniel Pacheco, Pepe Reina, Suso and Conor Coady were one of the five-strong groups doing the rounds at hospital

Goalkeeper Pepe Reina echoed Suarez’s sentiments. He said: ‘As always, it's emotional to come here – but we're always happy to do anything we can for the kids. We enjoy seeing them smile.

‘As a human being you have a responsibility – not just as a footballer – it's about trying to be a good guy and helping others to be a little bit more happy.’

Gerrard added: ‘You have mixed emotions – it's nice to put smiles on people's faces and try and cheer the kids up, but some of the wards are really tough.

‘The cancer and intensive care wards are really difficult to cover but it's part of our job today. We enjoy coming here and spending some time with the kids.’

Allen, who himself became a father earlier this year, said: ‘It's very tough, but at the same time it's inspiring to see how strong the kids and their parents are.’

Regular visitors: Suarez and Co make trips to the hospital often

Regular visitors: Suarez and Co make trips to the hospital often

Red and blue unite: Cole (left) and Coates (right) were equipped with goody bags for a young Everton fan

Red and blue unite: Cole (left) and Coates (right) were equipped with goody bags for a young Everton fan

Spreading the cheer: The players posed for a photo with staff at the hospital

Spreading the cheer: The players posed for a photo with staff at the hospital

Jordan Henderson to play for Liverpool v West Brom

Henderson's big chance as Rodgers gives midfielder nod for West Brom clash

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 25 September 2012

Brendan Rodgers has challenged Jordan Henderson to seize his chance and convince him he can become a Liverpool regular.

The England Under 21 captain was surprisingly offered to Fulham before the transfer window closed as a makeweight in a deal that Liverpool hoped would have enabled them to sign Clint Dempsey.

But Henderson, who moved to Anfield for 16million from Sunderland in June 2011, refused to leave, even though he has fallen down the pecking order in Liverpool’s midfield.

Chance: Jordan Henderson (right) will play against West Brom

Chance: Jordan Henderson (right) will play against West Brom

However, Jonjo Shelvey’s three-match suspension and an injury to Lucas Leiva has re-opened the door to Henderson and he will be given a chance to stake his claim at West Brom on Wednesday, as Liverpool begin their defence of the League Cup.

‘It is about the balance in the team,’ said Rodgers, who is expected to make wholesale changes at The Hawthorns to the side that was beaten by Manchester United on Sunday. ‘We have got one controlling midfielder in Joe Allen.

‘We have got Steven Gerrard, who is a great player and speaks for himself. He has got a goal in him, he has got influence and he has got stature. He carries his qualities on the field. Then we have got Jonjo, who is a goalscoring midfielder.

‘But Jordan is working his socks off every day. He has got a great appetite to learn; he lives his life right and he doesn't do stupid things off the pitch. He works hard, he works well. Really it is just games like (tonight) that offer me the opportunity to see him.

‘Can he affect the game going forward
but play also with that tactical discipline, which keeps us nice and
strong in the middle of midfield I have said to him that whatever
happens, whether he stays or goes, there is nothing changes in the
relationship him and I have.’

Banned: Jonjo Shelvey was sent off against Manchester United

Banned: Jonjo Shelvey was sent off against Manchester United

Meanwhile, Darren Burgess, Liverpool’s Head of Fitness, has left his role at Anfield. He moved to England from Australia two years ago and received a promotion after Dr Peter Brukner, the club’s head of Sports Science, was sacked in April.

His role changed after the appointment of Colin Driscoll, who followed Rodgers from Swansea to Anfield.

Being Liverpool episode 1 teaser

Reina relaxes at home as Rodgers addresses his players… teaser clips from first episode of Being Liverpool

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UPDATED:

16:40 GMT, 14 September 2012

It’s been a while in the making but the long anticipated fly-on-the-wall documentary on life at Liverpool will finally hit our TV screens later this month.

‘Being Liverpool’ will be a six-part-series dedicated towards behind-the-scenes footage at one of the world’s most successful outfits.

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New man in charge: The first episode focuses on the newly appointed manager, Brendan Rodgers

New man in charge: The first episode focuses on the newly appointed manager, Brendan Rodgers

It will be the first time a Premier League side has opened its doors to allow cameras full-on access to the day-to-day running of a club.

The documentary will gauge the perspective of the players, coaches, management, and ownership through the back-end of a rocky 2011-12 under Kenny Dalglish to the beginning of this campaign under new boss Brendan Rodgers.

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Preview clips of the first episode have been released and focus on the end of last season and the appointment of Rodgers.

Under the watch of a new regime the team re-gathers at its Melwood training camp to prepare for pre-season. Luis Suarez, Lucas Lieva and new signing Fabio Borini travel to Boston to begin the Reds' summer friendly tour.

Also in the episode, goalkeeper Pepe Reina speaks at home with his family on his daily duties of playing for the Merseyside club.

Being Liverpool is exclusively on Channel 5 starting Friday 21st September at 9pm.

Liverpool"s Lucas Leiva to have scan on thigh

Lucas to have scan on thigh after hobbling off inside five minutes of City clash

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UPDATED:

17:56 GMT, 26 August 2012

Liverpool are sweating over the fitness of midfielder Lucas Leiva after the Brazilian hobbled off minutes into their 2-2 draw with Premier League champions Manchester City.

The 25-year-old missed most of last season with a knee injury but manager Brendan Rodgers allayed fears he had suffered a re-occurrence and Lucas will have a scan on his thigh on Monday.

Liverpool were denied all three points when Carlos Tevez took advantage of Martin Skrtel's mistake to earn the visitors a share of the spoils.

Blow: Lucas walks off after sustaining an injury against Manchester City

Blow: Lucas walks off after sustaining an injury against Manchester City

Liverpool 3 Bayer Leverkusen 1

Liverpool 3 Bayer Leverkusen 1: Carroll shows his worth by rounding off tidy win

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UPDATED:

16:31 GMT, 12 August 2012

Out-of-favour striker Andy Carroll capped a comfortable victory for Liverpool over Bayer Leverkusen in their final pre-season friendly before they kick off their Barclays' Premier League campaign.

It took just three minutes for the home side to break the deadlock at Anfield through youngster Raheem Sterling. The 17-year-old latched on to an incisive ball from Jose Enrique down the left before cutting inside to curl a shot into the bottom corner past Bernd Leno in the Leverkusen goal.

Still don't want me Andy Carroll fired home the third goal

Still don't want me Andy Carroll fired home the third goal

Liverpool's second of the match came on the 29th minute from a free-kick won by Luis Suarez who was brought down by Daniel Schwaab on the edge of the area.

The cleverly worked set piece found Suarez unmarked in the area, who got the ball stuck under his feet before it was deflected into the path of Lucas who side-footed home into an open goal from six yards out.

Back in business: Lucas Leiva celebrates his strike

Back in business: Lucas Leiva celebrates his strike

Young gun: Raheem Sterling opened the scoring

Young gun: Raheem Sterling opened the scoring

A goalkeeping blunder allowed Liverpool to get their third of the match on 65 minutes when Carroll turned nicely on the ball before firing a routine shot from outside the area goalwards that Leno fumbled into the back of the net.

The visitors snatched a consolation through Gonzalo Castro on 75 minutes when he shrugged off Jamie Carragher and unleashed a fierce left-footed shot that sailed past Pepe Reina in the Liverpool goal.

Up and over: Carroll heads over the bar

Up and over: Carroll heads over the bar

Hayden Mullins joins Birmingham from Portsmouth

Mullins makes Birmingham switch as midfielder leaves crisis club Pompey

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UPDATED:

13:44 GMT, 12 July 2012

Fresh start: Mullins has left Portsmouth for Birmingham

Fresh start: Mullins has left Portsmouth for Birmingham

Birmingham have completed the capture of Hayden Mullins from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee.

The experienced versatile midfielder finished last season on loan at npower Championship winners Reading having moved from Portsmouth on loan in March, easing the cash-strapped south-coast club's wage bill over the final months of the campaign.

But with Pompey having suffered relegation to League One and currently still in financial turmoil, the departure of senior players from Fratton Park has become inevitable.

And Mullins, who still had 12 months remaining on his contract, has become Blues boss Lee Clark's third signing in four days after forward Peter Lovenkrands and goalkeeper David Lucas.

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The 33-year-old, formerly of Crystal Palace and West Ham, can also play in a sweeper role or at right-back and has penned a two-year deal at St Andrew's.

Meanwhile, the midlands club have confirmed Vico Hui has resigned as chairman and left his position on the boards of both Birmingham City Football Club PLC and Birmingham City PLC. Acting chairman Peter Pannu is now likely to take over.

Arsenal and Real Madrid in for Lucas Biglia

Fight for Anderlecht star Biglia hots up as Arsenal and Real Madrid play the long game

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UPDATED:

08:54 GMT, 5 June 2012

Arsenal and Real Madrid are set for a summer long fight to sign Argentine midfielder Lucas Biglia.

The Anderlecht star captained his club side to a second successive Belgian league title last season, and has attracted interest from around Europe.

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho are both known to be suitors, and only last month, Biglia confirmed both clubs had been in touch with his agent.

In demand: Anderlecht's Lucas Biglia (right) is wanted by Arsenal and Real Madrid

In demand: Anderlecht's Lucas Biglia (right) is wanted by Arsenal and Real Madrid

At the time, he said: 'Real Madrid and Arsenal have both been in contact and I’ll wait to see what happens.

'I am still under contract with Anderlecht until 2015, but they know that I plan to leave. If a club offers the right price, they will let me go.'

The six-capped midfielder is valued at around 8million and is also on the radar of Serie A sides Napoli and Fiorentina having once been tracked by Liverpool.

Biglia joined Anderlecht from Independiente in his homeland in 2006.

Fabio Aurelio joins Gremio after Liverpool release

Aurelio returns to Brazil with Gremio after full-back is released by Liverpool

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UPDATED:

07:11 GMT, 25 May 2012

Going home: Fabio Aurelio

Going home: Fabio Aurelio

Gremio have announced the signing of Fabio Aurelio after the defender was released by Liverpool.

The 32-year-old left-back returns to his native Brazil after 12 years in Europe, split evenly between a six-year spell at Valencia and his time at Anfield.

Aurelio was troubled by injuries while at Liverpool and was allowed to leave at the end of the 2009-10 season before rejoining the club that August after Roy Hodgson became manager.

Further injury problems followed, however, and he barely featured in the last 12 months under Kenny Dalglish, making just two Premier League appearances in the 2011-12 campaign.

His new club announced the acquisition on their official website, stating: 'Gremio confirm agreement with the left-back Fabio Aurelio Rodrigues. The player's contract extends to December 31, 2013.

'The player, developed at Sao Paulo, has been with Liverpool in England since 2006 and also served for six years at Valencia in Spain.'

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva wished Aurelio well, writing on Twitter: 'Gremio signed Fabio Aurelio. What a great news.'