Eight tackles, 13 duels won, four interceptions: Lucas proving his worth to Liverpool

Lucas Leiva

Lucas Leiva showed in Tuesday night's 3-1 win at Leicester City why he should remain an integral part of Liverpool's plan.

Liverpool came from behind to win 3-1 at 10-man Leicester City in Tuesday night’s Premier League clash, with midfielder Lucas Leiva once again putting in an impressive performance.

The Premier League's bottom club took the lead in the 22nd-minute when Leonardo Ulloa's shot hit a post and ricocheted into the net off the head of under-fire keeper Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool levelled soon after, however, when Adam Lallana netted after Rickie Lambert's knock down, before Steven Gerrard marked his return to the line-up nine minutes after the break when he slotted in from a poor Wes Morgan clearance.

Morgan was then sent off in the 63rd-minute after wresting Lambert to the floor when through on goal, before Jordan Henderson sealed a deserved Reds win seven minutes from the end.

  ShotsShots On TargetOutfielder BlocksTotal TacklesTotal ClearancesDuels WonDuel SuccessInterceptionsTotal PassesPassing AccuracyTouchesMins Played
Lucas Leiva 1 0 1 8 6 13 59.09% 4 60 78% 87 90

It was Lucas, though, who was perhaps the unsung star at the King Power Stadium, as he put in an outstanding defensive shift which allowed both Gerrard and Henderson a freer role in the midfield.

Starting for the third game in a row, this was no doubt the Brazilian’s best outing so far, and his much-needed presence in front of the back-four should ensure that he keeps his place in the line-up moving forward.

Having been linked with a summer exit, and on the fringes of the first-team at the start of the season, it seems having the former Gremio star back into the fold might just have solved a few problems for Brendan Rodgers.

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