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Lucas Leiva – Silently Brilliant

A look at Liverpool’s defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva, assessing how important he is to the team and stats showing how his absence has affected performance

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Guest blog post submitted by Two Liverpool Fans:

I’m going to have a look at Liverpool’s defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva today, whom has become a Kop idol over the last two years.

A fantastic ball winner, and in light of his long absence, it is easy to forget how important this little lad with a big heart is to Liverpool FC. He covers so much grass over the course over the 90 minutes, and his distribution and dribbling ability was consistently getting better, so it was a bitter blow for Liverpool when the Brazilian suffered from a anterior cruciate ligament injury following his collision with Chelsea’s Mata in their Carling Cup encounter.

It hasn’t been easy for Lucas Leiva in his time with Liverpool so far. He lacked the support from the media and fans alike, and didn’t have the confidence, much like our new signings Jordan Henderson, Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing.

The reality is, for all of Jay Spearing’s passion and eagerness to impress, the Englishman has not been able to replicate the form that the Brazilian showed prior to his injury. In the 12 games Premier League games of the 2011/12 campaign, Lucas appeared in all 12, helping Liverpool garner a total of 22 points. This makes for an average of 1.83 points per game. In the 16 games since then, Liverpool have suffered in a dip in form.

From the 1.83 that was achieved the Lucas in the team, the Reds have dropped to an average point/game of 1.25, garnering a total of 20 points out of the 16 games since his injury.

In Lucas Leiva and Adam, we had a flexible partnership. The reality is that Lucas’ passing ability and tackling percentages are more efficient compared to the figures that young Jay Spearing is producing.

It is also his closing down that has earned the Brazilian many fans in Merseyside over the years. Lucas covers a lot of ground in most of his matches, and he has been a player deserving of plaudits due to the determination and passion he shows.

Lucas Leiva, silently brilliant.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. James Cook

    March 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Lucas Leiva’s a fantastic player, and Liverpool FC will do better once he returns from injury.

  2. Amanjot Johal

    March 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Hopefully we’ll do well because Adam will be dropped with Gerrard and Lucas the first choice partnership and Henderson, Spearing, and Shelvey as back up.

  3. Fabio

    March 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    In Lucas and Gerrard, we have the best central midfield partnership in the premier league. We just need some creativity in the wings, better shot conversion and some quality squad players to really push for the league.

  4. 4ceto

    March 16, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Lucas.i think he’s been doin wel dis seasoning hope he get wel sooner than later we mis him

  5. rouman

    March 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    yes lucas is missed, and i hope next season hes back to top form. as for downing he is not liverpool class,sterling is better than him now yes hes young and raw, but was,t micheal owen? downing cant beat a player 27 now not good enough henderson and carroll have time on there sidedowning does not.as for adam ive seen worse next season will be the time to judge him , we need a proper winger a striker and a ball playing midfield player.

  6. DH187

    March 16, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Sadly L’pool will never find a Xabi Alonso – we lost a terrific player and all because of Benitez.But lets hope Lucas will get there.I would love to see Sterling and some of the younger lads given an opportunity to play on the wings, im almost positve we will play better.

  7. Clyde

    March 17, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Mark my words. Lucas will return from injury only to rediscover his original form. Liverpool would enjoy another 4 seasons of mediocrity from this so-called Brazilian who in reality plays like a jackass.

    • RedRoy

      March 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Hooray, someone with eyes!

  8. RedRoy

    March 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Lucas has two good games in 4 years, gets injured and suddenly he’s brilliant! What have you been watching?He’s NOT a defensive midfielder, he was’nt even bought to play there, plus he’s not good enough for the red shirt. Why do you think we’ve not won the title for 20 years? Maybe it’s because of players like him.

  9. Ashfah Hussain

    March 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Chi Bai lu, now Lucas is good. Oh my Puki Mak.

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