July 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

Lucas the Lynchpin?

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Lucas Leiva is no stranger to criticism.

Prior to winning the Standard Chartered Fans’ Player of the Year award for 2010–11, the Brazilian midfielder was far from a fans’ favourite, but as one of the few players to come out of Hodgson’s brief stint in charge with any credit, the days of Lucas as scapegoat are over. Or are they?

Despite conceding fewer shots from the primary scoring zones than any other side in the league last season, suspicions remain that Rodgers’ Liverpool are sexy but soft-centred. The need for defensive reinforcements is widely accepted, but more contentious is the debate around the role of the holding midfield player, and so Lucas has come in for examination once again.

 

Read the full article on EPL Index.

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