Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva has opened up about just how close he came to leaving Liverpool during the summer, but insists his heart was always set on remaining on Merseyside.

In quotes attributed to the Daily Star, Lucas said: “The transfer window has been very intense, to be honest.

“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, but one thing I will always have is commitment to the club.

Signed from Brazilian side Gremio in 2008, Lucas has fallen down the pecking order in recent years following an influx of arrivals in the midfield area, and as a consequence has found it hard to hold down a regular first team spot.

Injuries too have also blighted recent campaigns, and the 28-year-old was subject to a reported season-long loan bid from Turkish team Besiktas over the summer months, but insists he always wanted to remain at Liverpool.

Lucas went on to say: “I’ve been here a long time and really love this club.

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.

After a solid performance away at Arsenal before the international break, Lucas will be looking to retain his place in the first XI away at Old Trafford on Saturday, and with Jordan Henderson struggling with injury, he may do just that.