having Coutinho/Gerrard/Lallana/Sterling available ahead is ideal for him because he's decent giving a simple pass. Henderson, like Spearing, like Mascherano before him are all able to cover ground and press and Lucas is very smart at knowing when to step in and snap into a tackle or where to cover.
It's even helped having two advanced centre backs taking the first transition off him and taking more responsibility on the ball. It's all helped Lucas be able to show his qualities. That doesm't detract from the fact he's played very well and much similar to how he was playing under Kenny and Hodgson.
Rodgers has come across a formation Lucas does well in and now i'm saying he's doing well. I still think in the next 12 months we may see Emre Can do an even better job in that role but now Lucas is in a system he can shine.
Like I said, reprehensible.
Even when i criticised Lucas if you read back at the start of threads I would always say in the type of midfield systems with two holding and then giving it simple (usually associated with counter attacking) he can show his qualities and would be an important player.
I also said that his lack of pace and technical limitations I didn't think would stand him in good stead under Rodgers. At the time I couldn't see us having two holding and three centre backs with wingers. I thought if we played three centre backs we'd have full backs wide like we did against Arsenal and Lucas doesn't offer enough attacking or passing wise.
This system suits him and he's rightly getting praise from me for good performances. I don't know what your problem is but if you've got an issue reach for a tissue don't bother me with your petty swipes just because i'm giving Lucas some credit.
Lucas is proving to be an important player for us this season.. I'd even say instrumental to the teams turn around in form..
Good on him.. Hopefully he comes back fresh..
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