11 Feb 2017

'Incredible': Chelsea legend hails £80k-a-week Liverpool star for 'fantastic' Spurs performance

Liverpool stalwart Lucas Leiva is deservedly reaping acclaim for his performance in Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Spurs.

Lucas delivered a highly effective performance at the heart of Liverpool's defence, and after the game, Chelsea legend Graham Le Saux raved:

"He [Lucas] has had a fantastic game as a makeshift centre-half. He’s always come in and done well. He’s been an incredible servant"

Arsenal icon Lee Dixon added:

"I don’t watch all of Liverpool’s games, but I’ve never seen him [Lucas] have a bad game".

Well, Dixon obviously didn't watch the recent defeat to Wolves, or last week's 2-0 defeat at Hull City (!)

To be fair, though, Lucas has always been a reliable player for Liverpool, and there are rarely games where the Brazilian is off the pace for a full 90 minutes. Yes, Lucas makes mistakes sometimes, but the same applies to every player, including current fan-favourite Sadio Mane (Example: getting caught in possession in the build-up to Hull's 2nd goal).

Lucas's Spurs stats:

* Won more defensive aerial duels than anyone on the pitch (bar Ben Davies)

* More tackles, clearances, Interceptions, and blocks than any other LFC player (including dedicated centre-half Joel Matip)

* One of only 3 LFC players who didn't lose possession during the game.

* Rather surprisingly, didn't concede a single foul all game.

* Helped restrict Spurs to just two shots on target all game.

^ Jul 2016: Reportedly on £80k-a-week. Sep 2016: Hailed as an 'unbelievable player' by Cameron Brannagan'


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