Anfield boss says he deserves it for his performances and needs it to look after his son.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish says midfielder Lucas Leiva fully deserves his new long-term contract as he now has to look after his son.
The 24-year-old put pen to papaer on a new deal today after he has won over the sceptics with his battling displays.
It is a double celebration for the Brazil international, who two weeks ago became a father for the first time to son called Pedro Lucas.
The team celebrated the achievement after Dirk Kuyt celebrated scoring against Sunderland.
Dalglish is happy with the news and insists the performances Lucas has been putting in for both club and country fully warrants this new deal.
“We are delighted,” Dalglish told the club’s website.
“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.”