Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has put a stop to Lucas Leiva’s transfer to Galatasaray according to the Mirror.
Per the source, Galatasaray had agreed a transfer fee with Liverpool and personal terms with Lucas Leiva. Galatasaray sporting director Levent Nazifoglu has confirmed that the Lions have pulled out of the race to sign Lucas.
“We are no longer pursuing Lucas Leiva, we will continue efforts to sign alternative names instead,” Nazifoglu was quoted as saying by Caught Offside’s Eren Sarigul.
Klopp wants reinforcements before allowing Lucas to leave as he is facing an injury crisis in defence. Despite not being a defender Lucas can play as a makeshift centre-back. Liverpool are facing of a defensive crisis with Mamadou Sakho, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all out injured.
The Brazil international provided one assist in 40 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions last season.