Liverpool has been one of the most active clubs during the summer transfer window. The Reds have bolstered their current squad by acquiring midfielders Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing for a combined £49 million.
With the club's heavy spending there will undoubtedly be first-team casualties heading into the EPL season.
Manager Kenny Dalglish currently has a surplus of central midfielders with captain Steven Gerrard, Raul Meireles, Jay Spearing, Christian Poulsen, Alberto Aquilani, Lucas Leiva, Henderson and Adam who will all be competing for a place in Liverpool's starting XI.
As Dalglish looks to offload a number of central midfielders this summer, Lucas has been rumoured to be be on his way out of the club. The 2010-11 Fans' Player of the Year had a breakthrough season for the Reds, which earned him a call up to the Brazilian national team for the summer's Copa America.
Lucas was undoubtedly one of Liverpool's key players last season and here are five reasons why the Reds need to keep him at the Kop.