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Lucas Pezzini Leiva | Midfielder | #21

Team: Liverpool
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/9/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 161

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Liverpool put on a poor attacking display and conceded the match winner in the final quarter hour as they suffered defeat at the hands of Manchester United, 0-1.
The Reds did well to overcome adversity to grab a 3-3 draw against Arsenal in midweek, but in their last six contests, those three goals have been been met by only an additional two. Lucas got the start in place of Jordan Ibe and the Brazilian had plenty of influence in the early going. He launched an accurate deep ball into the path of Roberto Firmino that set Adam Lallana up for a good look, but the effort went straight into the arms of David de Gea. He also clashed heads with Marourane Fellaini on an aerial challenge and the two would get into a shoving match a few minutes later. The Reds best chance to score came in the 66th minute when Emre Can put a powerful blast on target, but the effort was saved by de Gea as was the follow up shot by Roberto Firmino. Things could begin to boil over next weekend if Liverpool do not grab three points against Norwich City. Jan 17 - 12:17 PM
Source: NBC Sports

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A training ground injury for Lucas Leiva ruled the midfielder out of Sundays’ FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa handing Steven Gerrard an opportunity to return to the side.

Lucas has been in great form since returning from a muscular problem but the Brazilian suffered a thigh injury on Thursday opening the door for Gerrard who was available again following his 3-game suspension. A Wembley appearance in his final Liverpool game – before a move to MLS side LA Galaxy – was seen by many as the perfect end to a wonderful Liverpool career but after 700+ matches spanning over 15 years it wasn’t meant to be. Despite Philippe Coutinho opening the scoring it was Villa who hit back with goals from the in-form Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph; although Mario Balotelli had an equaliser wrongly disallowed for off-side it was the Claret and Blues who thoroughly deserved the win.
Source: Football 365
Mon, Apr 20, 2015 07:51:00 AM

Lucas Leiva has returned to training for Liverpool after a six week layoff stemming from a groin injury picked up in the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park in early February.

The report from the Echo is already suggesting that the United clash this weekend is likely too soon for the Brazilian and that Easter Saturday's fixture against Arsenal would be a more reasonable expectation after such a lengthy layoff. Even when he is fully fit, he may not be in a position to supplant either Jordan Henderson or Steven Gerrard for one of the two central midfield positions, lest either are hurting themselves. Gerrard is having his final hurrah as a Red and Henderson has been superb as the changing of the guard takes place.
Wed, Mar 18, 2015 10:15:00 PM

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Lucas Leiva is set for a spell on the sidelines after limping out of the Merseyside derby on Saturday.

Lucas had struggled during the build-up to Saturdays' game before being passed fit to face Everton but the Liverpool midfielder lasted less than 20 minutes after a recurrence of a groin injury – a scan will confirm the extent of the damage amid speculation he could miss around a month. Rodgers will also check on Philippe Coutinho [knee] and Raheem Sterling [foot] after the pair were replaced at Goodison Park however they "should be fine" along with Adam Lallana. It remains to be seen whether Daniel Sturridge will start his first game since recovering from calf and thigh strains having made three substitutes appearances.
Mon, Feb 9, 2015 10:06:00 AM

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.
Mon, Jan 26, 2015 03:32:00 PM

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