Thursday, November 22, 2012

Lucas Suggests Liverpool Make Move For Brazilian Star

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has urged Brendan Rodgers to consider signing Internacional star Leandro Damiao in a bid to bolster the club’s attacking options.

The Merseyside club has found themselves heavily dependant on the goal scoring form of Luis Suarez this season, following the decision to allow Andy Carroll to join West Ham United on a season-long loan, exacerbated by Fabio Borini ruled himself out until the New Year with a broken foot. The Uruguayan has scored ten of Liverpool’s 17 goals in the Premier League this season, and Brendan Rodgers has admitted he will have to consider forward options in January to ease the burden on Suarez.

Lucas, who returned to first team this week, has identified compatriot Damiao as a perfect option for the club to investigate. The Internacional forward was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur throughout the summer, particularly following his explosive form in the Olympics where he netted six goals in six appearances.

Speaking to FourFourTwo, the Liverpool man admitted that it would be “almost impossible” for the Reds to sign perhaps the most sought-after talent in world football in Neymar, but suggested 22-year-old Damiao could be the perfect addition to the Premier League.

When asked which of his compatriots could strengthen Rodgers’ side, Lucas said, "The consensus in Brazil would be Neymar. He is a different player now: a promise turned into reality. But I know signing him would be very hard, almost impossible.

"So among the other players who are currently in Brazil I would choose Leandro DamiĆ£o. He would suit the Premier League very well, as he is a strong centre-forward who finishes very well and knows how to play with his back to goal."

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