The Brazilian international moved to Anfield back in July 2007, and as is usually customary after 10 years of service, the club is supposed to grant the player a glamour match in his honour against an opposition of his choice.
However, the Liverpool hierarchy have decided to replace Lucas’s testimonial match with a simple party instead, according to the Liverpool Echo, meaning fans won’t get the opportunity to come out and than Lucas for his time at the club.
When he first arrived in England, Lucas didn’t get off to the greatest of starts, and he looked close to leaving the club in 2015, but there’s no doubting he’s now one of Liverpool’s most popular cult figures – and this decision has angered a lot of people:
Not a huge Lucas fan but surely 10 years of service is worthy of a testimonial rather than a 'party'.
Another FSG own goal?
— The LFC Community (@LFCCommunity) April 18, 2017
— Don Kopleone (@donkopleone) April 18, 2017
I bet a high % of fans who don't want Lucas to get a testimonial still think Balo was mistreated & that Sakho is better than a soapy titwank
— Red Mysterio (@redmysterio96) April 19, 2017
How does Lucas getting a testimonial affect any fan. It goes to a good cause and says well done to the lad.
— Shannon (@Shannon_lfc) April 19, 2017
Lucas Leiva deserves a testimonial match after 10 years playing for Liverpool
— Firdaus (@pidutMFZ) April 19, 2017
Reports that Lucas isn't getting a testimonial game, at the end of this season he's served ten years for @LFC … surely he deserves one?!
— Paul Burke (@Paul_BurkeLFC) April 19, 2017
Leiva Lucas has been as loyal and great to his club as Michael Carrick is. Give that man a testimonial.
— Chris Best (@FriskyFirmino) April 18, 2017
Really can't be arsed with the smart arse comments on a Lucas testimonial.If you don't get why he deserves 1 you don't understand football
— Stu (@Kopstu) April 18, 2017
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) April 18, 2017
Some on here thinking Lucas shouldn't get a testimonial due to only winning 1 trophy ???
Clueless. Since when were heh given out for that?
— Stu (@Kopstu) April 19, 2017
Would be a joke if the club don't give Lucas a testimonial. Can't believe he's our 5th longest serving foreign player EVER #LFC
— Sam Blanch (@BLONDKOP) April 19, 2017
@LFC give Lucas a testimonial!!!
— Jaden (@jadenLFCpatel) April 19, 2017
@empireofthekop This can't be right. Lucas, no matter how you feel about him, absolutely deserves his testimonial. No doubt about that.
— Evil Zippy (@LordEsway) April 19, 2017
What do you think of the decision?