This is why Lucas Leiva was replaced against Everton

The now-former Liverpool manager had been reflecting on the Reds' latest match.

The now former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers spoke to the club’s official website following the Reds' 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park this weekend.

Things were looking good for Liverpool when they took the lead shortly before half-time courtesy of summer signing Danny Ings, but Everton have an in-form striker of their own and Romelu Lukaku scored what proved to be the last goal of the game in the 45th minute.

Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva started the match for Liverpool but he was replaced in the 79th minute by Joe Allen, and Rodgers has since explained why he made that particular change.

“Just because of the intensity of the game, sometimes it can happen unfortunately,” Rodgers told “Lucas was on a yellow card and I certainly didn’t want to finish the game with 10 men.”

That was sensible management with Lucas already on a booking but unfortunately the changes Rodgers made could not help his side to a much-needed victory.

As a result, Liverpool remain a point behind Everton with eight matches played but after the international break the Reds will be looking to make a surge up the table.

They will also now be searching for a new manager following the news that Rodgers is no longer in charge at the club.

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