Lucas the Reds linchpin helps to secure Merseyside derby win

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The defensive midfielder played a vital role in helping the Reds secure a 3-1 victory over Everton on Saturday, writes Sam May.

Lucas, 30, had been restricted to substitute appearances for the Reds in their last three league outings before the game, but stepped in for the injured Adam Lallana, who picked up an injury on international duty.

Having been brought in to the starting eleven, many fans on social media criticised Jürgen Klopp’s decision to start him before the game, claiming the Brazilian would be “dire” and “doesn’t have the legs” for a big game. He has been playing out of position at the back and has mixed reviews as a result. As a midfield anchor though, in physical encounters- he thrives.

Lucas who has entered his 10th year with Liverpool after joining from Gremio in the summer of 2007, proved fans wrong and put in a strong display throughout helping the Reds to continue their derby supremacy at Anfield.

During his time at the club he has featured 338 times for the Merseyside giants and of those appearances 24 have come in the current campaign. During yesterdays derby he produced more tackles than the entire blues midfield. His experience got him into the right positions to quell any threat and break up any attacking situations. Always the unsung hero and playing under the enormous shadow of Steven Gerrard in previous years, it is what he has in his locker now, which is vital for the flair players to express themselves, and Jürgen Klopp understands this.

He frustrated Ross Barkley throughout and prevented Romelu Lukaku from getting a foothold in the game, leaving him isolated. Lucas enabled Liverpool to play their natural free flowing passing game and was crucial in establishing the Reds attacking momentum.

He still has a vital part to play in helping secure champions league football next term for the Reds, and it may effect his personal future, as big names may be attracted to join the Klopp revolution. The quiet unsung hero will go about his role 100%. He really is Liverpool through and through.

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