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Lucas Pezzini Leiva | Midfielder

Team: Liverpool
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/9/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 161

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Liverpool's recent defensive improvement may have more to do with the presence of Lucas in the XI than anything else.
Liverpool kept only two clean sheets in their first twelve league matches this season, with Lucas starting just one of them. He has started the following ten matches since and the Reds have racked up five cleanies, with their most recent coming on the road at Villa Park. His defensive efforts combined with Phillipe Coutinho's creative contributions has given the Reds midfield the necessary spark to compensate for what as been disappointing production at the striker and defender positions. Unfortunately, Lucas' style does not translate to fantasy production and will probably remain an afterthought for those purposes. Jan 26 - 3:32 PM

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The Daily Mail are reporting that Liverpool have triggered the £9.75m release clause in Emre Can's Bayern Leverkusen contract.

Having already added Rickie Lambert, Brendan Rodgers appears to be moving to strengthen further before the World Cup as he nears a deal for German youth international Emre Can. The versatile 6'1" is primarily a holding midfielder but has also appeared at left back for Leverkusen. With both positions in need of strengthening this looks like a solid move for the Reds. It should be noted that Can's Leverkusen transfer from Bayern Munich included a buy-back clause for the Munich club which would presumably remain in force at Liverpool.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 12:22:00 PM

Liverpool will be boosted by the return of Lucas and Mamadou Sakho. The duo came through a return match with the U-21s and are returning to training.

Neither player is assured of walking right into the first team at the moment, but the options will please manager, Brendan Rodgers.
Source: Daily Mirror
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 11:26:00 AM

Lucas Leiva will miss two months with a knee injury suffered against Aston Villa at the weekend.

Liverpool can ill-afford to lose Lucas. He's not only their best defensive midfielder, he's also one of only four senior midfielders in a team that plays with three at a time. Steven Gerrard and Joe Allen have had injury problems this year, leaving Liverpool with few options and very little margin for error.
Tue, Jan 21, 2014 11:47:00 PM

Midfielder Lucas Leiva missed his second straight Premier League match at Newcastle after his wife went into labor on Friday.

Leiva, who missed the match against Crystal Palace due to yellow card accumulation, missed the match against Newcastle for happier reasons as he was present at the birth of his daughter, Valentina.
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 12:23:00 AM