Arguably the surprise selection in this list, Lucas hasn’t played since January due to injury, but is set to return to the squad next weekend against Manchester United. In big fixtures, Lucas provides the Liverpool side with an excellent defensive platform. He can tackle, intercept, and keep possession.
While Liverpool have excelled recently in their attacking play, they’ve been conceding goals as well. The return of the Brazilian (possibly at the expense of the far more creative and attacking Coutinho) will help the leaky defence, and give the side a far more solid base from which the excellent forwards can perform.
On top of this, Lucas is known for pulling out big performances against the big sides, and with Liverpool facing United, Chelsea and City in the coming weeks, he’ll no doubt play an essential role.