Lucas signs Liverpool extension

Updated: April 10, 2013


Liverpool announced Wednesday that
midfielder Lucas Leiva has signed a long-term contract extension with the

Lucas joined Liverpool in 2007 from Brazilian side Gremio and has gone on to
make 208 appearances for the Reds. The Brazilian’s progress has been derailed
by a series of injuries over the past couple of seasons, but his commitment
inspired Liverpool’s managing director Ian Ayre to hand the 26-year-old a new

“It’s fantastic,” Ayre said. “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.”

Lucas joins Luis Suarez, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Brad Jones, Raheem
Sterling, Suso, Jonjo Shelvey, Martin Kelly and Andre Wisdom in signing new
contracts with Liverpool over the last 10 months.