Liverpool fans were full of praise for Lucas after his impressive display against Stoke City.
Gerrard has come in for plenty of criticism this season for failing to impress in defensive midfield, leaving 27-year-old Lucas with a great opportunity against Stoke.
He came in and impressed, breaking up play well with interceptions and tackles, screening the back four well and enabling his midfield partners to go forward before being substituted for Gerrard on 75 minutes.
This role is ideal for Lucas, and Liverpool fans were vocal on Twitter in their support of playing Lucas ahead of Gerrard in front of the back four.
Some stated that Gerrard should be left out altogether, but others suggested that he should be used further forward - either way, they seemed to be demanding that Rodgers kept Lucas in the side for the foreseeable future.
Lucas shows Steven Gerrard that despite being slow & crippled from career threatening injuries how to play as a defensive midfielder at #lfc— Liverpool FC (@LFCblogster) November 29, 2014
Lucas and Toure have to keep there places now. Lovren out is a no brainer but Gerrard shouldn't be starting next game either. #LFC— Joe Gough (@joegough93) November 29, 2014
If anything I thought the Gerrard coming on killed r momentum lucas was having the game of his life but anyway 3 points happy days #LFC— Buzz LFC (@buzz1892) November 29, 2014
To be honest. I feel Lucas shud start ahead of Gerrard. We must use our captain wisely in situations. The game slowed when Lucas off. #lfc— #YNWA (8-3-9) (@29Borini) November 29, 2014
Lucas Leiva should play more at CDM #LFC Offers much more of a stable defensive option , protects the back-four better than Gerrard .— LUCAS (@lucastanlfc) November 29, 2014
Lucas is world class. Few other players in Europe match his stamina, positioning, anticipation and general defensive awareness. #LFC— LFCology (@LFCology) November 29, 2014
Lucas isn't gonna be a world beater but he's solid at defensive midfielder and gives his heart and soul should start every game #LFC— Darren Buckley (@D_Buckley8) November 29, 2014