Date: 20th August 2015 at 9:02pm
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Reports today in the Liverpool ECHO suggest that Liverpool midfielder Lucas is set to leave the club on an initial loan deal to Turkish club Besiktas.

Besiktas transfer committee head Erdal Torunogullar? said: “Lucas is a player on our shortlist, talks are ongoing.”

Besiktas board member Erol Kaynar added: “A loan deal is likely, it could go ahead within the next two days.”

In my opinion, letting Lucas go out on loan right now is a very bad decision on Brendan Rodgers’ part. Lucas may not be an automatic starter for the Liverpool starting lineup but he is needed as part of the squad for the long season ahead of us.

Brendan Rodgers has not opted to play with a defensive midfielder, which is what Lucas is, for the first two games of the Premier League season. Jordan Henderson and James Milner have been the preferred option in central midfield but it is evident from the opening games that Liverpool are going to need a bit more steal in midfield throughout the season against the better sides.

Currently, Rodgers’ central midfield options are Henderson, Milner, Can, Allen and Lucas. Now if you let Lucas leave now, we will be very thin in that department. Hopefully Rodgers is planning on bringing someone else in place of Lucas.

Real Madrid’s Asier Illarramendi has been linked with a move to Liverpool but no deal has been struck yet. The Reds should learn from past transfer mistakes and make sure Asier Illarramendi is signed first before letting Lucas leave or else we will be caught out with no replacement coming in for the Brazilian.

Lucas may have received mixed views during his time at Liverpool but one thing that is certain is that there is no one else currently in the squad who has his experience and is able to play in his defensive midfield role. There are going to be games when we need a level headed player to come in and sit infront of the back four; no one fits the bill better than Lucas. Yes, he may be getting on in age but he still can put in a shift for another season or two.