18 Nov 2011

LUCAS admits: "He's having a very difficult time.."

Liverpool did the league double over Chelsea last season and Lucas Leiva was an integral part of the midfield machine that did a great job of helping the back four keep two clean sheets. Lucas is relishing the prospect of facing former players Raul Meireles and Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, but he's acutely aware of the threat that they pose.

Lucas described Meireles as a 'very good friend', but that won't make any difference on Sunday:

"It will be nice to meet Raul again because we had a good time here. Of course, he's now on the ther other side, and we'll make sure we stop him because we know he can cause a lot of problems. Last year, he scored a goal and hopefully this year, it will be another player for us".

Torres has struggled to replicate his Liverpool form for Chelsea, but Lucas is acutely aware that when it comes to Spaniard, form is temporary, but class is permanent:

"We know what Fernando can do. He's having a very difficult time for Chelsea, but we know the ability and the pace that he has. He can cause a lot of problems, so we cannot underestimate him. We have to be really concentrated and play our best game to stop Fernando and the Chelsea players".

Let's hope we see more of this from Torres on Sunday:

Jaimie Kanwar


  1. God I can't get over this! Its Torres surely! its only a formality but wait, WHAT!  oh well thats embarrassing! Thanks for the 50 million Chelsea!

  2. If I was Chelsea and there were two options - Carroll for 35m and Torres for 50m I would take Torres everyday of the week... So I dont know how you can gloat about the 50m from Chelsea when we wasted it on Carroll... Kuyt and Suarez has worked much better and the team has performed better.

  3. I agree 90% but I can see why we went for Carroll at the time, although obviously not for that price. It might be considered knee-jerk to have felt compelled to make a striker signing but if we'd sold Torres and only appeared to replace him with Suarez (who, for some reason, the UK didn't see as a prolific goal-scorer at the time) then people would have suggested that Kenny had put all his eggs in the 1 basket.

    I'm very criticial of Carroll's ability and i personally seriously doubt his mid-to-longterm future at the club but I can see why we went for him. And it's not HIS fault we paid 35m for him. We just won't recoup anywhere near it.

    I've been banging on about this since January but i still think that a speedy lively striker in the Torres mould was needed to get the most out of the new style of play at the time, and it was devastating for our style when Torres wanted out.

    When Bellers came in, I thought he was a better fit than Andy, but he won't be The Answer yet. We need to splash the cash again unfortunately. As you said, it very much WAS 35m badly spent. Especially when, at the time, the likes of HiguaĆ­n were unsettled and we, as a club, had such good PR.

    We won't be able to sign players of that stature for a long time.
    If Tevez didn't hate England so much, I'd have suggested putting a bid in for him - the statement of intent alone might resonate with some of the bigger European names who don't see Carlos Tevez as a problem yet.