Will Lucas Leiva have to settle for a place on the bench when one midfielder returns?

It may have been unthinkable at the start of the campaign, but Lucas Leiva's latest role could mean Brendan Rodgers thinks Liverpool should start without the Brazilian.

Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva played in a more advanced role than usual in his side’s 5-3 win over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium yesterday.

Those who watch the Reds closely will be more accustomed to him a deeper role, often receiving the ball from the defenders and trying to get the side motoring forward.

But yesterday he was playing in a more advanced role, and on several occasions he was getting into the opponent’s penalty area.

Steven Gerrard was the man playing in the deeper role this weekend, something he has been told he is going to do a lot more of.

With the skipper back in the fold, and looking as strong as he did yesterday, Lucas may be in an unfamiliar position for as long as Gerrard stays fit.

His role yesterday seemed pretty similar to the one that Joe Allen adopted when he was in the side. Whilst helping out by trying to give the side a bit more bite in the middle of the park, Allen dropped deep in order to win the ball back but had more responsibility in getting forward – which is similar to the role Lucas had yesterday.

However, with Lucas not as familiar with the role as the Welshman – does this mean he may have to be content with a place on the bench when Allen returns from injury?

Neither have been prolific in terms of goals during their time at Anfield, but Brendan Rodgers seems to want more from his midfield, and Allen did impress after putting his horror miss in the Merseyside derby behind him.

It seems the Brazilian will have to demonstrate he can be a big goal-threat in the immediate future, as players return from injury and competition gets that little bit tougher.

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