Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva hints at Anfield exit ahead of contract talks with manager Jurgen Klopp

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has revealed he will thrash out his future with Jürgen Klopp next month.

Lucas is poised to hold talks with Klopp, the Liverpool manager, at the end of the season and could bring his 10-year association with the club to a close.

The Brazilian made only his sixth Premier League start this year in the 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday and admits his lack of game time may prove pivotal in the final decision.

Inter Milan wanted to sign him in January but he opted to stay for the remainder of the campaign to assist Liverpool in their bid to secure a place in the top four.

Lucas, 30, has one year left on his contract and is keen to resolve his future with Klopp ahead of the summer.

“There is no doubt about my commitment to Liverpool, I just need to wait until the end of the season, work hard and make a decision together with the club,” he said.

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“I have been here long enough and if the time comes for me to go somewhere else I think I will leave with the feeling that I did everything I could.

“I am getting to the stage of my career where I think I can help a lot, off the pitch of course, but on the pitch as well. 

“Playing time [will play a part], I wouldn’t like to just be around. I feel I have many years that I can still play at the top level. I need to analyse and see what is best for me and the club and then I am sure we will make a decision together.”

Lucas has proved a crucial squad player for Klopp this season, reinventing himself as a central defender and playing in his usual central midfield role at the Hawthorns.

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And he admits his full focus will be on the remaining games of the season as Liverpool look to secure Champions League football.

“I don’t really know what will happen, I just need to focus on the last five games,” he said.

“The last few games I have played I feel very good. I have played centre-back and midfield, so I give some options to the manager and when he needs me I always try to deliver.

“We have a lot to play for and it depends on us. It is in our hands. I want to finish the season a high.”

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