Lucas Leiva, Liverpool’s Player of the Season 2010/11, is something few Liverpool fans would have expected to hear only a couple years ago. But the midfielder’s fantastic surge in form had seen the Brazilian become a crucial part of Kenny Dalglish’s winning formulae last season. But with the raft of new midfield talent arriving at Anfield this summer, is Lucas going to be the unfortunate sacrifice in Dalglish’s remodeling on Merseyside?
There already has been some transfer whispers that this is the case but at present this just remains speculation. But with Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam joining the club there is no doubt some current Liverpool players may have to make way or accept a smaller role in the team next season.
Lucas experienced a very slow start to his Liverpool career. He joined the club in July 2007 from Gremio. The capture of a 20-year-old Brazilian was obviously an exciting prospect for Liverpool fans at the time but unfortunately Lucas struggled to find his feet at Anfield behind Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano. But after both left it gave him a chance to take centre stage and the fact that he won Young Player of the Season for 2009-10 season and then went on last year to win Player of the Season shows how far the midfielder has come.