The Brazil international was linked with a move away from Anfield during the summer but now wants to help the Reds get back to the top of the Premier League
Midfielder Lucas Leiva admits that he came close to leaving Liverpool during the transfer window but will now be giving his all for the club.
The Brazil international was heavily linked with a move away from Anfield, and the Reds even held talks with Besiktas regarding a possible transfer .
But after missing out on Liverpool’s opening two Premier League matches, the 28-year-old has started against both Arsenal and West Ham with Jordan Henderson injured.
And Lucas insists he is keen to focus on pushing Brendan Rodgers’s side back towards the top of the Premier League after a difficult summer.
“It’s been very intense [the window], to be honest,” he told Liverpool’s official website.
“I think the last couple of years, every transfer window my name is [linked with a move].
“Of course there are times when you think you might have to move on and I was very close to moving but one thing I will always have is commitment to this club.
“I’ve been here so long and I always said if I had the choice to be here and be happy, I would always choose Liverpool.
“When your future is in doubt, you might have to think of another solution, but I’m happy that it didn’t happen and I’m here to fight for the club as I have been doing for eight years.
“I’m just looking forward to a good season and putting Liverpool back where it belongs. I have this chance to say I’m fully committed.
“I’ve been here so long and I really love this club, I just need to now focus on my performance and help in the way the manager and the staff asked me to help.
“Hopefully, I’ll be an important player for the club this season.”