Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has signed a new long-term contract, the club have confirmed. Press Association It is less than two years since the 26-year-old last signed an improved contract but the midfielder took little persuading to agree a new deal. “It’s another long-term contract that I have signed, but it was the same feeling as when I first came here,” he told liverpoolfc.com. “I am really delighted to have the opportunity to play for this club. “It’s where I think I belong and where I wanted to stay, so I am very happy and looking forward to a few more years here. “It was an easy decision because after the long period of my career I have had here I would like to give the best of my time to this club. “It was not a difficult decision to make and I am really looking forward to what will hopefully be a few more years with a lot of success.” The Brazilian has made 208 appearances for the Reds since joining from Gremio in July 2007. Lucas has had his injury problems over the past couple of seasons and was out from mid-August until December with a thigh problem.