Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp U-turn to block stars exit

**CORRECTION - NB editors Lucas not Henderson ** Liverpool's Welsh midfielder Joe Allen (2nd R) celebrates with Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on April 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR LIVE SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp performed a late U-turn to block Lucas Leiva’s proposed transfer to Galatasaray according to the Mirror.

The report states that the Lions had struck a deal with both Liverpool and the player however, Klopp blocked the move.

Galatasaray subsequently confirmed that they have pulled out of the race to sign Lucas.

“We are no longer pursuing Lucas Leiva, we will continue efforts to sign alternative names instead,” sporting director Levent Nazifoglu was quoted as saying by

The German tactician wants a defensive replacement before allowing Lucas to leave as he is facing a crisis at the back. Despite not being a defender Lucas can play as a makeshift centre-back. Liverpool are facing of a defensive crisis with Mamadou Sakho, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all out injured.

Lucas provided one assist in 40 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions last season.

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