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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has signed a new long-term deal with the club.
The 24-year-old arrived at Anfield in July 2007 and has made over 100 appearances for the Reds.
He failed to make an immediate impact on Merseyside, but he has become an ever more important member of the side.
The club have now tied him down to a new deal and manager Kenny Dalglish is pleased to see him commit his future to them.
"We are delighted," said Dalglish.
"He is a smashing lad to have around the football club but he hasn't been signed for that, he has been signed because of what he does on the pitch.
"Certainly since I came in he has been a great asset to the team and has done tremendously well.
"He's got wee Pedro to look after and now a new contract as well, and we're delighted for him because he's a really honest, genuine fella and that's reflected in the way he plays.
"He's happy to be here and play for the club and he's getting everything that he deserves at the moment - including being a fixture in the Brazilian team - because of what he's done on the pitch."
Director of football Damien Comolli is pleased to have finally got the deal secured, adding: "I am very, very pleased. We have been talking for a few months now, ever since I arrived at the club.
"One of the first things I did after I arrived was to look at the contract situation and to see where Lucas was at. I knew we had to do something quickly because we couldn't afford to lose him and didn't want to lose him.
"If you look at his playing record he started 46 games last year in all competitions and this year it will be between 45 and 50. He is exactly what we want. He has the right mentality, quality and attitude.
"He understands what this club is all about and even though the discussions went on for quite a long time he always said to me 'I want to stay and we need to find a solution'.
"Considering his performances on the pitch with us and with Brazil, and his attitude around the place - off the pitch he's a great professional, totally committed and dedicated and it's always team first when you speak to Lucas - that's why we wanted him to stay.
"The celebration at Sunderland with the players after he'd had his baby shows that the other players were very happy for him and shows he is a team player.
"He could have gone to many clubs because he is highly rated around Europe, but he always said he wanted to play for Liverpool."
FANTASTIC news, to be honest Ive always been his biggest critic but Lucas has shown this season that he does have it in him now he he developing into a decent midfielder. Good shout lucas, keep up the good work, you come across as a really nice fella too
Posted 11:44 31st March 2011
Kenny's biggest mistake so far. Can't people see how insignificant he is when Gerrard does not play next to him and what did he do Sunday for Brazil that impressed us. He rarely scores or does anything significant, its just most people have become accustomed to that from him and don't have any real expectations anymore. He has huge mountains to climb when you measure him with other cental midfielders like Xabi Alonso, Mascherano, Hamman or even Danny Murphy. He is obviously a very nice chap and popular but that is not enough to win you matches and trophies. I am sure Liverpool will eventually use him as more of a squad player if they can find a world class midfielder in the summer. Shelvey will also dominate this position in a year or so and he looks like a very serious and exciting prospect.
Posted 10:48 31st March 2011
great news for lucas made up he got a new contract the lad gives his all on the pitch every game an he never wanted to leave unlike some people lucas Y.N.W.A
Posted 09:30 31st March 2011
this is great news...i admit i wasnt convinced when he arrived but now the guy is showing why LFC bought him... he has shown he is a totally commited "LIVERPOOL" player, the type we have always had and recently been short of...other players have expressed their desire to be at LFC... lets hope the other players show the same commitment as this guy...good luck Lucas and congratulations to you and your wife on your new baby
Posted 09:22 31st March 2011
im delighted lucas has decided to commit his future as he gives 100% every week and his attitude is second to none. I admit that i've not always been his biggest fan but the way he has tried from day one despite all the stick from some fans is a testament to the lads character. you only have to look at the likes of man utd to see that great teams need players who fight for the cause
Posted 09:10 31st March 2011
After a slow start to your Liverpool career Lucas I am very glad that you have signed a new contract, you have been 1 of our best and most consistent players this season, well done!
Posted 09:06 31st March 2011
Great news, glad he's staying. Keep up the good work my son.
Posted 08:48 31st March 2011
Good player, yes. But definitely no flair, imagination and not world class. He has failed to make any impact on the team and is definitely not a a key playmaker, despite being picked regularly. No-one else in the squad to fill his position, i guess Not fussed about this news at all.
Posted 08:30 31st March 2011
The excitement at the club over Lucas being given a new long-term contract shows just why we have dropped so far behind the top teams in this country. Lucas has been absolute rubbish since he got here and despite slightly improving he is still useless. If he left he would do well to get a game for Tranmere. I'am 29 years old and I honestly cannot remember in all that time seeing a player as bad as Lucas, I honestly believe he is the worst player we have ever had, I have never seen a player give the ball away so often during a game or give away so many freekicks in dangerous areas. We went from having world class Xabi Alonso firing accurate passes all over the pitch from the middle to now having average (at best) Lucas falling over and giving the ball away. I was hoping Lucas, along with the other dead-wood (N'gog, Jovanovic, Poulsen etc) would be shown the door and thrown thru it at the end of the season and we would bring in Charlie Adam and Jeffren or Canales to go with Gerrard, Meireles and Shelvey, also I wouldn't mind seeing Aqua' returning.
Posted 07:03 31st March 2011
This is pretty alarming news. Lucas was never good enough to wear the Liverpool shirt and it's worrying that the new regime have decided not to get rid of him as part of the the dead wood that needs clearing out this summer. Hopefully this will not set the standard of the team we can expect for the years ahead..
Posted 04:09 31st March 2011
Really really pleased at this news, Lucas is like a good wine gets better and better with age. Despite all his knockers this lad has grafted away and fully deserves this new contract. Things are looking so positive now, were clearing out the negative players (Torres ) and are getting a fully commited team now, watch out you others the mighty reds are on the march again YNWA.
Posted 03:51 31st March 2011
Fantastic news for Lucas and the club. The lad has come along way from the Fulham game 2yrs ago when he was booed at Anfield by a minority. Still only a young lad and now a permanent fixture for Liverpool and Brazil he is at last getting the credit his game deserves. A great reader of the game he's able to break up opponents attacks and his allround athletecism, fitness conditioning and strength has improved remarkably over the last couple of years and in a tough premier league he can well hold his own. Further improvment will undoubtably follow for Lucas and Kennys shrewd piece of business will ensure reds fans wont even remember Mascherano the Barca benchwarmer!!! Good on you Lucas lad for having the skill and comittment to play for a top european club and a top international side and for having the self belief and balls to come to a foregin country as a kid and win over most of your doubters, its great to see such an honest team player give everything each time he pulls on d red shirt and anyone at the game who knows anything about football could see you were man of the match against the Mancs in Anfield! Superb lad keep it goin...
Posted 03:10 31st March 2011
I think Lucas fully deserves the contract extension. The amount of people who tell me he is useless is mad, I wonder do they actually watch him play. When he arrived he was terrible, couldn't pass forward and I could not understand why Benitez would play him. But I have to say he's come on a lot and has been very consistent for the Reds the last while. Fair play Lucas you deserve it!
Posted 03:07 31st March 2011
Good news. A season ago I would have seen this as a bad thing. However Levia has really kicked on for us this term and been one of the most consistent players in the league. Well done Lucas you have pulled through for us when we needed you the most. More of the same next season please.
Posted 01:36 31st March 2011
I am a huge admirer of Lucas and I am well pleased that he has committed to the club!! Each year he has improved and can only see him getting better under Kenny. YNWA
Posted 01:24 31st March 2011
Great news. Represents everything thats important for a club like Liverpool. Role model for other players, amazing character and dedication on the pitch. Deserves to wear the Red shirt as well as the yellow one.
Posted 01:04 31st March 2011
Great move Kenny. Lucas is getting better and better and is real asset for LFC. The kid isn't playing in the Brazilian side for nothing. A great passer and a real trier. A little improvement on his defensive game and he will be superb.
Posted 01:00 31st March 2011
To be honest im quite happy with this, Since the king has come I believe Lucas has played some of his best football hes still only young and has plenty of years ahead of him,so I think he can only get better. Only other contract that needs to be sorted out now is the long term one for Kenny!
Posted 00:10 31st March 2011
Im sorry but i know Lucas hasnt played too bad since Kenny took over but overall he has been shocking for Liverpool. If he was wanted buy so called top clubs over europe we should have cashed in and sold him .
Posted 22:47 30th March 2011
As a long time supporter of Lucas being in the Liverpool team, I am delighted that he has signed a very long contract extension so that he can be in the team for years and years and years to come.
Posted 21:56 30th March 2011
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