Lucas in line for new deal

Hodgson keen to keep midfielder

Lucas (R): Set for talks

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Liverpool are planning to offer midfielder Lucas Leiva a new contract at Anfield.

The Brazil international's future at Liverpool has been the subject of speculation for some time with the player failing to win over some of the club's fans.

However, Lucas has arguably enjoyed his best vein of form for the club in recent weeks since joining from Gremio in the summer of 2007.

Reds boss Roy Hodgson has now revealed the club plan to sit down and hold talks with Lucas over a contract extension.

"A couple of weeks ago Damien Comolli (director of football strategy) mentioned to me about him wanting to get in touch with Lucas's agent to discuss a new contract, but I can't quite frankly remember where we are," said Hodgson.

"Certainly if you ask me the question 'is Lucas welcome at the club and would we like to keep him?' then the answer is a resounding 'yes'."