The best piece of news for Liverpool this season

Lucas Leiva

The commitment of one of the club’s current best players should give a tremendous boost to everyone at the club.

Lucas has signed on the dotted line and will now be a Liverpool player beyond his previous deal, which expired in the summer of 2015.

Considering all of the criticism that the manager and various players have taken this season, it’s a piece of superb news for the club which means the spine of the side is relatively secure for next season.

Lucas will now be at the club until he’s either sold or his deal runs out in 2017, which is positive news that could have a very beneficial effect over the rest of the season and beyond.

He’s been arguably the club’s most consistent player since he got back into the side following an injury which kept him out of the team at the start of the football year.

He’s made 20 appearances and although he’s not scored and has only produced one assist, his presence is a lot more important than those numbers will ever suggest.

Brendan Rodgers now has Lucas and Steven Gerrard to use in the heart of the team next season, which means the middle of the side takes care of itself and everything else can be based around that.

His presence as a gritty and aggressive middle man also means there is less emphasis for Rodgers to go after an enforcer type of player because that’s a job Lucas can do very effectively.

That diverts transfer funds, of which Liverpool don’t have much, into other more important areas such as finding a centre back to replace Jamie Carragher and bringing in another wide man and possibly a centre forward.

It’s also very significant because if his age and experience. While he’s not getting on at 26-years-old, he is very mature when compared to some of the players Liverpool have been using this season.

His reliability and experience in the middle means that is something Rodgers can continue to do with the likes of Jordan Ibe and Adam Morgan on the verge of breaking into the first team squad.

It decreases the chances of mistakes from happening such as at the start of the season when Liverpool used a very young team.

His commitment may also trigger the commitment of other players who may be considering moves away from the club; Martin Skrtel and Luis Suarez.

He said when he signed the extension that he wouldn’t have done so if he didn’t believe in what Rodgers was trying to achieve as the side’s manager and what the club is capable of.

If his commitment means other big name players are less likely to listen to stories and possible suggestions of moves away, then that is a huge benefit and something for which Liverpool should be grateful.

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