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Speaking on the Premier League’s YouTube channel, Philippe Coutinho has been waxing-lyrical about his former Liverpool teammate Lucas Leiva.

Coutinho was tasked with creating a fantasy five-a-side team made up of Brazilians who have played in the Premier League, and while he could have picked from the likes of Fernandinho, Fabinho or even Gilberto Silva, Coutinho chose Lucas as his holding midfielder.

The former Liverpool man was full of praise for the Lazio star, stating that he was amazing during their time together at Anfield.  

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Coutinho picked Lucas in his team.

“Ok, in the midfield, in my squad I would put Lucas Leiva. He was so good, I played with him at Liverpool and he was amazing. His mentality is so strong, he has great quality and his passes were always breaking the lines,” Coutinho said.

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Cult hero

It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since Liverpool sold Lucas to Lazio for £5m, but, even at 35, the Brazilian is still going strong over in Rome.

Lucas may not have been Liverpool’s best player during his time on Merseyside, but he cemented himself as a cult hero with his lung-busting performances and passion for the club.

Coutinho clearly loved playing with Lucas, and the fact that he’s made his team ahead of Fabinho is a real testament to his quality.

Lucas may not go down as a bona fide Liverpool legend, but he’s certainly a player the Kop will always have a soft spot for.

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