If a position occurs three times, players can claim a draw by threefold repetition. Lichess implements the official FIDE rules, as described in Article 9.2 (d) of the handbook (PDF).
Threefold repetition is about repeated positions, not moves. Repetition does not have to occur consecutively.
Repetition needs to be claimed by one of the players. You can do so by pressing the button that is shown, or by offering a draw before your final repeating move. You can also configure Lichess to automatically claim repetitions for you. Additionally, fivefold repetition always immediately ends the game.
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