Liverpool’s Brazilian international midfielder Lucas Leiva has signed a new long-term deal at the club.
The 24-year-old, signed from Gremio for £5m in 2007, has not always been a hit with the fans on Merseyside, but has been rewarded for his impressive displays this season.
Boss Kenny Dalglish said: “Since I came in he has been a great asset to the team and has done tremendously well.”
“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.”
“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.”