On Saturday the 18th of January Liverpool drew 2-2 with Aston Villa. It was a day where Rodgers experimented with the role of Steven Gerrard, placing him deeper in the midfield to sit just in front of the defence. On Tuesday the 21st of January, The Independent reported that the “experiment did not work” and Rodgers had to bring on Lucas to rectify the situation.
At the time this seemed to be the correct option (arguably salvaging a point for Liverpool that game). Lucas is a natural holding midfielder, and perfectly comfortable providing protection to those behind him. However, that game Lucas sustained an injury, damaging the collateral ligament in his right knee and had to be replaced not long after coming on. This appeared to leave Liverpool with a problem in the defensive midfield position.