Jamie Carragher raves about Lucas Leiva on Twitter, understands Klopp's decision

Lucas Leiva

Jamie Carragher has praised Lucas Leiva for his performance for Liverpool against West Ham United.

Liverpool are out of the FA Cup after a 2-1 defeat to West Ham United on Tuesday night - but Jamie Carragher moved to praise Lucas Leiva on Twitter.

The Reds drew 0-0 at Anfield in the original tie, meaning they faced a midweek trip to Upton Park - and just as they did in January in the Premier League, they came back empty handed.

Michail Antonio's first-half volley but the Hammers in front, and whilst Philippe Coutinho equalised with a second half free kick, Angelo Ogbonna's header in the dying seconds of extra time handed West Ham a passage into the fifth round.

It was another difficult night for the Reds, who handed starts to a number of young players such as Brad Smith, Pedro Chirivella, Kevin Stewart and Joao Teixeira, but it was an experienced head who impressed Jamie Carragher.

Lucas Leiva, normally a defensive midfielder, has been featured at centre back during Jurgen Klopp's reign as Liverpool boss, mostly due to an injury crisis in the middle of the Reds' defence.

The Brazilian started at centre back again on Tuesday night, and impressed against West Ham, with former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher taking to Twitter to state that he was a 'colossus' at Upton Park.

Carragher also admitted that he didn't understand why Klopp had been playing the 29-year-old in defence, but suggested he finally understood the German's thinking.

 

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