2 Premier Leagues, 1 Champions League - Chelsea star perfect Lucas replacement for Liverpool

Michael Essien

Brendan Rodgers will be on the hunt for a replacement following news of Lucas' injury.

Brendan Rodgers has been handed a massive problem following the news that Brazilian midfielder Lucas is set for a two month spell in the treatment room.

Liverpool have a very good squad of midfield players but they are short in terms of stars who can sit in front of the back four, offering the defence protection.

Lucas has been one of the best in the Premier League this season when it comes to reading the play, intercepting the ball and breaking up the opposition’s momentum and he’s the best player the club have in that defensive role.

He’s in the top ten for interceptions per game this season and only Claudio Yacob at West Brom is making more successful tackles per match on average.

There is a potential solution to this problem for Rodgers and it comes in the form of Michael Essien at Chelsea.

Essien has just been pushed further down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge following the arrival of Nemanja Matic from Benfica, which means he has the Serbian and John Obi Mikel to battle against for regular football.

Essien’s experience in terms of Premier League football and that holding role in front of the back four is significant because it would enable him to come in and do a solid job in front of Liverpool’s defence.

He also proved his versatility well in a loan deal with Real Madrid last season, where he was predominantly used in defence, occasionally pushing forward into the midfield holding role.

A loan deal could be on the table although recent reports suggested the Blues have issues with the way Victor Moses has been handled at Anfield, which is a complication to that sort of deal.

If Rodgers decided that he wanted to bring another player to Liverpool permanently, following Daniel Sturridge, it is a deal that Liverpool should be able to afford.

Essien is 31-years-old and his current deal with the West London team expires in 2015. There would be a fee involved but it should be well within what Liverpool can afford as a business.

Essien has played in just nine games for Chelsea this season and as much as he may love the club and Jose Mourinho, he may snap up the chance to play regular first team football elsewhere.

There are few other players Rodgers could target who have the experience and proven success to slot straight into the Liverpool first team. Get in quick before he moves to Galatasaray.

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