Liverpool's number 21 is showing why he is so important to the Liverpool team.
Lucas Leiva seems to be showing with every game that passes how much more important he is to the Liverpool side.
From the point of view of many, Lucas reached his best in a game against Manchester City at Anfield – a 1-1 draw where the Brazilian put in a commanding midfield display, on day when even Yaya Toure was struggling to have an impact as a result of the Brazilian’s work.
Yet only two days later at Stamford Bridge, Lucas suffered an injury which meant he would miss the rest of that season – where Liverpool visibly struggled without his presence in the middle of the park – and he would have to get back to full fitness during the early part of the following campaign.
Though it may have taken a lot of time, Lucas seems close if not actually back to his best. He has been recalled to the Brazil squad by Luiz Felipe Scolari and his commanding presence in the middle of the park allows him to become an integral cog in the Liverpool machine.
On Saturday in Liverpool’s 4-1 win over West Brom, Lucas looked full of energy. He wasn’t shy of wanting the ball and was always on hand to bail any of his back three out immediately behind him if required to – as well as being keen to get a first time ball out of defence in order for Liverpool to try and capitalise on the counter attack. Though Jordan Henderson has proved to be a pretty effective deputy over the past couple of weeks, Lucas is more of a natural in that role.
Though next weekend’s trip to Arsenal might be a more challenging test in the middle of the park for Brazilian – as trying to contain Mesut Ozil might be his job as Liverpool look to strengthen their credentials for a shot at qualifying for the Champions League this season.
Lucas even told Liverpool’s club website this week: ‘I’ve been reading about me and when I will be back at my best, but I think my season has been good so far, to be honest.’
It’s difficult to argue he has been good this season, maybe there is more to come. But a Lucas at his very best will make the Liverpool unit that look that little more solid.
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