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Thread: A decade at LFC - 21 facts about Lucas Leiva's Reds career

  1. #1 Lucas A decade at LFC - 21 facts about Lucas Leiva's Reds career 
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    Congrats to Lucas Pezzini Leiva for his 10 years at LFC, here's to the next 10

    On the 10th anniversary of Lucas Leiva sealing the formalities of a switch to Liverpool, club statistician Ged Rea presents 21 facts and figures about the long-serving Reds No.21…

    • The Brazilian has played in 99 cup games for Liverpool – 18 FA Cup, 24 League Cup and 57 in Europe.
    • The team Lucas has faced most often in his Reds career is Chelsea (19 times), closely followed by Everton (17).
    • He has scored seven goals for the club, with three coming in Europe, two in the FA Cup and one each in the Premier League and League Cup.
    • His only league goal so far came against Newcastle United on May 3, 2009 in the 87th minute. He had been on the pitch for only eight minutes following his introduction as a substitute.
    • When scoring at Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup in January, he ended a drought of 200 games for the club without finding the net.
    • He has captained Liverpool 14 times in his career, with eight of those coming during the 2015-16 campaign and five more this season.
    • Lucas has shared the pitch with 120 different Liverpool players during his time at Anfield.
    • His best season for appearances came in 2009-10 when he played 50 times, making 46 starts and a further four as a substitute.
    • Lucas' most profitable season for goals saw him score three times in 2008-09.
    • At this time, he has played 17,323 minutes of league football. Only 10 players have spent more time on the pitch for the club in the Premier League era.
    • Two of his goals have come as a substitute – against Newcastle in 2009 and Steaua Bucharest the following year. The latter came within two minutes of the No.21 entering the field of play.
    • He has been sent off twice – at Everton in the FA Cup in 2009 and at Stoke City in the Premier League in November 2010.
    • He has taken four kicks for Liverpool in penalty shootouts, scoring three times. Only Adam Lallana has taken more for the club in a shootout.
    • Lucas has played for the Reds under five different managers – Rafael Benitez, Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish, Brendan Rodgers and Jürgen Klopp. Only Jamie Carragher has played for more in the club's history.
    • He holds the record for most consecutive league appearances in the No.21 shirt (30).
    • He is one of only nine players to have played more than 30 games for the club in the UEFA Cup/Europa League.
    • Only two overseas players (Sami Hyypia and Pepe Reina) have played more Premier League games for the Reds than Lucas. His 245 appearances put him sixth on the club's list.
    • His debut came in a 4-0 home win over Toulouse in a Champions League qualifier in August 2007, as a substitute for Momo Sissoko.
    • In 2008, he was part of the Brazil squad that won a bronze medal at the Olympics. He was sent off in the semi-final defeat by Argentina for a foul on then Liverpool teammate Javier Mascherano and was therefore suspended from the bronze medal match.
    • He was the second Brazilian to play for Liverpool after Fabio Aurelio, who joined a year earlier in 2006.
    • His first Liverpool goal came in a 5-2 FA Cup win over Havant & Waterlooville at Anfield in January 2008.
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    Only two overseas players played more for us than him..surprised by that.

    I can still see him being here til he's 80, sitting with a Zimmer frame on the bench. He gets called on to shore it up with a couple minutes to go and chucks his zimmer at players running through the midfield.
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    Fact 1 he is a average player that got 10yrs out of this club just shows the ambition of this football club
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    Give the lad a testimonial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top klopp View Post
    Fact 1 he is a average player that got 10yrs out of this club just shows the ambition of this football club
    Only took two posts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top klopp View Post
    Fact 1 he is a average player that got 10yrs out of this club just shows the ambition of this football club
    thats opinion not fact
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    He holds the record for most consecutive league appearances in the No.21 shirt (30).

    Imagine having to research that...
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    Fantastic servant to the club.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fowi View Post
    He holds the record for most consecutive league appearances in the No.21 shirt (30).

    Imagine having to research that...
    Others to wear the coveted No21 shirt are Mike Marsh, Dominic Matteo, Gary McAllister, Salif Diao and Djimi Traoré
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top klopp View Post
    Fact 1 he is a average player that got 10yrs out of this club just shows the ambition of this football club
    1 league cup to show for it in that time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordJamieOfCarragher View Post
    Others to wear the coveted No21 shirt are Mike Marsh, Dominic Matteo, Gary McAllister, Salif Diao and Champions League Winner, Djimi Traoré
    As he must always be known.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TAOL View Post
    As he must always be known.
    Yep, fair enough that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top klopp View Post
    Fact 1 he is a average player that got 10yrs out of this club just shows the ambition of this football club
    He was absolutely brilliant for a while.
    Last edited by -SP7-; 11-5-17 at 15:34.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TAOL View Post
    As he must always be known.
    So is Salif Diao
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fowi View Post
    He holds the record for most consecutive league appearances in the No.21 shirt (30).

    Imagine having to research that...
    In fairness they probably just spend all day on the Liverpool website, but unlike us, get paid to do so.
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    Great servant & good lad, who actually should've been given the Club Captain's role by either Rodgers or Klopp, tho more in the Arsenal mould, i.e. not being guaranteed a starting place (Arteta/Mertesacker).

    In saying that however, he's overall been an average player (bar 1 v.good season), like our current captain (bar 1 v.good season).

    But it seems that if both of them are still here next season (like Lovren & Milner), our Mgr might continue picking them as they're 'good lads who train hard', over better technical players.

    So, for his (& the team's) sake, I really wish all of them are sold, so that that particular temptation is no longer there, cause once it is, we are likely to see our back 4 next year sometimes having Lovren, Lucas & Milner in it, with Henderson sitting in front. That's a recipe for another 50-goals-against season, as well as little to no attacking support from a third of our team, which will be pretty draining when we're playing the two-thirds of the league who sit back and let us have 75% possession, while doing f... all with it.
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    Fact 22:

    - The Brazilian has given more heart attack moments to fans when needlessly upending an opposing player near our box at the death than any other player in living memory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top klopp View Post
    Fact 1 he is a average player that got 10yrs out of this club just shows the ambition of this football club
    The only fact about this post is that you don't understand what a fact is.
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    He is up there with the ultimate team player, is our Lucas. Not the most talented player I have ever seen play for the club, but up there with the most committed, without a shadow of doubt. He deserves a testimonial and I hope he gets one from the club - and, if he does, it would not surprise me if he donated the entire amount raised from a testimonial game to charity, or the Hillsborough fund. He is just that type of guy.

    Top class professional.
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    His first five goals for Liverpool were all scored in different competitions
    Lucas has won 24 caps for Brazil while here
    Lucas was named Liverpool's player of the season in 2010/2011 season
    YNWA
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top klopp View Post
    Fact 1 he is a average player that got 10yrs out of this club just shows the ambition of this football club
    He's the sort of player who would've been indispensable in a complete squad.

    Sadly the club's been in a mire for 75% of the lad's time here and it's nowt to do with him.
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    Great lad Lucas and always does his best for LFC, sadly i was never a fan of his mainly due to his total lack of pace and terrible scoring record,sorry just my persnal view on him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordJamieOfCarragher View Post
    For me it was that performance against Man City right before he tore his ACL. He took Yaya Toure apart that game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top klopp View Post
    Fact 1 he is a average player that got 10yrs out of this club just shows the ambition of this football club
    Much like the words Top Klopp is a ****! that is an opinion.
    Last edited by Thespian; 11-5-17 at 17:23.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoulPower7 View Post
    He was absolutely brilliant for a while.
    agree with this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordJamieOfCarragher View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by BostonFans View Post
    For me it was that performance against Man City right before he tore his ACL. He took Yaya Toure apart that game.
    Adding to that BF, Toure was steamrolling opponents at that stage. Until Lucas bottled him up.

    Regardless of what anyone says, the lad has worn our emblem with distinction, honour and above all, in the face of criticism and belittlement, truck loads of resilience.

    Ask what others think about lacing up with the Brazilian and it's quite unanimous - top pro who gives his all.

    Fair play to him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top klopp View Post
    Fact 1 he is a average player that got 10yrs out of this club just shows the ambition of this football club
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cullenator View Post
    Fact 22:

    - The Brazilian has given more heart attack moments to fans when needlessly upending an opposing player near our box at the death than any other player in living memory.
    The Lucas Effect
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