Liverpool may not have got the result they had hoped for against Sunderland but the performance of midfielder Lucas Leiva would have pleased Reds manager Brendan Rodgers.
The Brazilian is proving to be vital to the club's resurgence, having featured in the victories against Stoke City and Leicester City and helping Liverpool to their second clean-sheet in three games against the Black Cats.
Liverpool's defence has been under the cosh from opposing players and critics alike this season but the presence of Lucas in front of them - and a changing of the guard - has made a huge difference.
Against Sunderland Lucas had a passing accuracy of 88 per cent while he won an impressive six tackles and 11 duels. He also won two aerial battles and made six interceptions.
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Quite simply Lucas is making a positive difference and Rodgers will surely play him whenever he is available as he looks to build up the run of form they will need in the second half of the campaign.
A lot of Liverpool's players have been under-performing this season but their 27-year-old Brazilian is not one of them.