Who Would You Buy? 5 Possible January Replacements For Lucas Leiva

By on December 6, 2011

Liverpool’s hopes of getting into the top 4 this season took a big blow after the recent injury to the man who has been at the heart of the Liverpool midfield, Lucas Leiva.

Reports have confirmed that the Brazilian’s knee ligament damage requires surgery that will rule him out of action for a minimum of 6 months, which means the Reds will be without their ‘most influential player’ for the rest of the season. The 24-year-old was carried off the pitch on a stretcher after a collision with Ryan Bertrand in Liverpool’s Carling Cup victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last week.

Numerous possible replacements has been touted by the media and fans. Here are the 5 players that Liverpool could turn to as a replacement for Lucas:

1. Seydou Keita

The Malian international is already seeking a move away from the Camp Nou after failing to hold down a first team place at the club. Keita has been overshadowed by the likes of Xavi, Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Cesc Fabregas in the eyes of manager Pep Guardiola. The 31-year-old is also in the radar of Russian megabucks side Anzhi Makhachkala and would demand a fee in the region of £8m.

2. Claudio Marchisio

The Juventus midfielder is having a great season so far at the Turin. Marchisio’s greatest asset may not be his defensive capabilities but the Italian international has a very good goal-scoring record so far this season (6 goals in 12 games in the Serie A). A good all round midfielder but not a like-for-like replacement for Leiva, so may need so shifting around to integrate him into the team.

3. Yann M’Vila

Liverpool have reportedly been linked with a movefor Rennes youngster Yann M’Vila. The 21-year-old had a solid season for the French-based club last campaign and has already captured the attention of several top European club including Arsenal and Barcelona. The French international is currently under contract at Rennes until the summer of 2014, but it seems the midfielder is set for a move in the coming months. However, M’Vila is not interested in joining a club where he’s not considered a first team player, potentially ruling out a move to Barce. He recently told L’Equipe:

You can’t leave for a big club to be a substitute. I prefer to stay at my club to improve. I want to work more on the attacking aspect of my game – scoring and assisting.

4. Ever Banega

The Argentine international has become a regular starter for Valencia since making an instant impact at the club last season. He appeared to have nearly joined Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton last summer, but the move couldn’t be completed due to problems acquiring a visa and the transfer eventually fell through. The 23-year-old will be sidelined for at least a month after suffering a knee injury in his side’s recent win over Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League, so a move to Liverpool may be difficult in January.

5. Javi Martinez

Despite being only at the age of 23, the Spanish international is definitely not short of experience as he has already captained the national Under-21 side to victory in the 2011 European Championships in Denmark. Martinez has also featured in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, replacing teammate Xabi Alonso in the 70th minute in Spain’s 2-0 win over Chile in the group stage. The Athletic Bilbao midfielder is already a target for Liverpool, but the Reds will face a big battle for his signature has both the Manchester clubs are also interested in luring Javi Martinez away from his homeland. It’s thought he would cost in the region of £20m, so an expensive option.

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22 Comments

  1. SuaRed

    December 6, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Moussa Sissoko

  2. RoGue

    December 6, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Javi Martinez or Yann M’Vila but honestly speaking I don’t think anyone could possibly replace Lucas at his best. YNWA

  3. Steven

    December 6, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    There are some huge names in that list! My only concern us what happens when Lucas is fit? Dies that mean another midfielder on the bench?
    I’d rather we try cover with the personnel we have and buy a right winger (Hazard), another striker (Saldado) and a playmaker (Schneider)!
    YNWA

    • jan hansen

      December 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      THE LAST ONE…YES WINFRED SNEIJDER, OR…A RETURN OF XABI ALONSO, FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS!!

      JAN, COPENHAGEN!!

  4. Rishi Sen

    December 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    i guess we go for fernando gago/lassana diarra…. possibly on loan.

  5. Dom

    December 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    we will never get sneijder this season, i would go for M’vila or martinez.

  6. steve

    December 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Villa’s Stilyan Petrov has just come and said that he’s a Liverpool fan and would jump on the chance to play for Liverpool.he is a great player,with premierleague experience and will be happy to sit on the bench when Lucas returns.With the exception of Keita,there is no way we’ll be after the other 4.i dont think we’ll spend big for a player who will sit on the bench for Lucas when he returns.we should spend big on a striker or a winger,not for a defensive midfielder.
    Reina
    Johnson Skrtel Agger Enrique
    Downing Petrov Adam Maxi
    Suarez
    Soldado
    That would be a good squad for this season with both Petrov and Soldado realistic signings for us.YNWA

    • Voland

      December 6, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      Petrov would be a good short-term option – which surely explains the timing of his statement. Martinez could easily play alongside Lucas and would surely be an incredible addition to the Liverpool first team for this and coming seasons.

      • McGuire

        December 7, 2011 at 4:24 am

        We don’t need a big $$ replacement for Lucas, we need a stopgap measure or someone who could be a quality long term option off the bench. petrov would be great as would Lass Diarra. A player that intrgues me that could be acquired cheaply would be Mohammed Diame of Wigan. Physical holding MF not afraid of joining in attack but would clearly not

    • Hamisu

      December 15, 2011 at 6:35 am

      Agreed!

  7. Voland

    December 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    It’s a no brainer – Javi Martinez. Rafa Benitez almost signed him as a replacement for Alonso, which suggests he would not only be capable of replacing Lucas now but also play along Lucas in the future, allowing Charlie Adam to play further forward.

  8. Wan

    December 7, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano..

  9. garcia

    December 7, 2011 at 8:41 am

    cheik toite on loan and carol loaned to newcastle.toite and gerrad.adam no brainer on the bench.

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  11. reds gerrard

    December 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    i think liverpool already have many midfielders this season.they don’t need any midfielder to replace lucas.they only need a clinical striker who can play with suarez.and a winger

    • ryan bridge

      December 7, 2011 at 6:12 pm

      at last someone who is talking sense!!!!!!

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  16. Jaycee

    December 11, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    I tink Lucas of san paulo,Ramirez of bologna would gr8 additions 2 liverpool

  17. Hamisu

    December 15, 2011 at 6:29 am

    I thing what liverpool need is right winger and attaker,not holding midfielder.

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