Jamie Carragher has suggested on Skysports.com that Lucas Leiva will not feature regularly for Liverpool this season.
The 28-year-old defensive midfielder has been on the books of the Reds since 2007, when he joined the Merseyside outfit from Brazilian side Gremio.
Lucas is a very good player, but he has struggled for playing time under manager Brendan Rodgers and has also suffered with injuries at times over the past few years.
The Brazil international will remain at Liverpool this season, but former Reds defender Carragher does not expect him to get too much playing time.
“Lucas is a player you bring in to do certain jobs,” the former England international wrote on Skysports.com. “He is not someone who is there for you every single week of the season but you need him at times.
“He wasn't involved for the first couple of fixtures but, when Jordan Henderson was out of the Arsenal game, he came in and produced a great performance.”
“He has found it difficult at times under Brendan Rodgers to be a mainstay in the team like he was under Kenny Dalglish and towards the end under Rafa Benitez,” added Carragher.
“But when he's been needed he's been used and he's been very effective because Rodgers doesn't have many options in the role of a defence-minded midfield player. He is the only option.”
Lucas will be looking to play a part in Liverpool’s Premier League game this weekend.
Brendan Rodgers’s side will take on Manchester United away from home at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.
Liverpool will head into the contest placed seventh in the Premier League table with seven points from four matches.
Meanwhile, United find themselves fifth in the league standings at the moment with seven points from four games.