The Case For Lucas

Liverpool have kept just two clean sheets in 19 matches, and yet recent rumours suggest that their best defensive midfielder may be heading out of the club in the near future.

Throughout the summer there were rumours that Lucas could be leaving Anfield, with Napoli, and a reunion with Rafa Benitez, looking to be the most likely destination. It seems that like me, Brendan Rodgers was not overly concerned with the loss of the Brazilian. He still had Steven Gerrard, Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson and Phillipe Coutinho, and had just invested in Emre Can, central midfield depth did not appear to be a problem.

However, with the start to the season that Liverpool have made, and the defensive frailties from last season still looking to be a major issue, perhaps Rodgers should rethink his decision to allow Lucas to move on.

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Gerrard’s Deeper Role: A Glimpse of the Future at Anfield

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.

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