Date: 29th November 2011 at 12:07pm
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When Lucas Leiva joined Liverpool in 2007 from Brazilian club Gremio, many Liverpool fans had never heard of the midfielder and he did not help his cause by having a terrible debut season for the club. Many fans did not think he would make it but fast forward to this season and we can now see how much Lucas has upped his games since 2007.

John Aldridge has come out and said how he thought Lucas was awful during his first season but now the ex-Liverpool striker has proved him wrong.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Aldridge said, “In his first season with us he was awful and I didn’t even see shades of a player. But since then he has blossomed. Rafa Benitez bought him and showed a lot of faith in him. Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish kept playing him.

Lucas has rolled his sleeves up and silenced his critics. In the absence of Steven Gerrard, he has raised his game to help make up for the loss of the skipper.

Defensively, he was excellent on Sunday. He was up against one of the best midfielders in the country in Yaya Toure but his quality shone through.

People have questioned whether Charlie Adam and Lucas can play together. But they have shown in the big games that they are well equipped to work as a partnership.”