These incredible stats show just how important Lucas Leiva has been to Liverpool this season…
Lucas Leiva has been a periphery figure at Liverpool this season, but stats suggest that he is far more important to the club than many realise.
The Brazilian was at the base of Liverpool’s midfield during their 1-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday, and has been involved in many of his side’s good performances this season.
Before being sidelined with a long term injury, Lucas had become an important part of the Anfield set-up. He has since fallen from grace, but perhaps needs to be utilised a little more by Brendan Rodgers.
The stats suggest that the Reds are a far better team with the tough tackling midfielder in the side, with the club unbeaten this season when he has been involved.
The stats also go a long way to suggesting that the Merseyside club will be fine once their talismanic captain Steven Gerrard leaves at the end of the season, with Gerrard more often than not playing in Lucas’ role as the main defensive midfielder.