Date: 12th October 2013 at 2:04pm
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Lucas Leiva drives mixed opinions among the Liverpool faithful: some love him and some hate him. Where you lie on the Lucas debate is up for argument and I have been part of many Lucas debates which go on until the whee hours of the morning.

One thing I am sure many fans are pretty much in agreement with is that Liverpool need another Lucas type player; a defensive midfielder. We saw last season when Lucas got injured that our midfield struggled by not having a natural defence minded midfielder. Now Liverpool need to bring in a player to compete with Lucas, and either replace him or step in for him when he is not available.

Reports coming out of Portuguese paper O Jogo, have linked Liverpool with a move for 25-year old Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic. The reports suggest that Matic is a priority signing for Rodgers during the January transfer window.

Matic was named Portugal’s Primeira Liga Player of the Year for his performances last season, after winning the monthly award three times. The midfielder had a spell for Chelsea between 2009 and 2011 but only featured twice for the Blues before he was sent to Benfica as part of the deal that bought David Luiz to Chelsea. It is also suggested that Chelsea are also interested in acquiring the services of Matic again now that he is a much more established player.

According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Matic would cost Liverpool €35.5million which is a large transfer fee and I am not sure if Liverpool would be able to afford it. But that is the kind of money we need to be spending if we want to continue our push for the top 4.

Based on the few clips in the video above, one thing is clear about Matic, he is a great physical presence and that is something we need in out central midfield. Matic would be able to boss teams in midfield, win the ball back and start off a quick attack with the outlet of Gerrard. If Liverpool do indeed sign Matic then Lucas will have his work cut out as I believe the Benfica man would walk straight into the Liverpool side ahead of Lucas.


12 responses to “Saturday Transfer: Liverpool to battle Chelsea for Lucas replacement”

  1. kihenja says:

    no one in lfc hates leiva.its only u probably bcoz he is a south american.infact the consistence that lfc have since jan is due to the recovery of lucas leiva.this kind of journalists demoralizes players.if lfc desperately needed dmf,they would had signed wanyama.

    • Dave R says:

      I don’t hate him but he is shite .

    • yak says:

      Only u speaks like a real kop…Lucas has be tremendous for lfc…

    • kier says:

      Kihenja your completely right..apart from the fact we clearly need another dm…against palace we wer sooooo open on the counter..lucas is needed in everu match..and without him wat we got? allen really needs to kick into top gear..we come competition for places everywhere..apart from dm

  2. Red277 says:

    No one hates lucas,he is a kop idol!

  3. Kalu says:

    I love Lucas so much, he is a good player to us.

  4. Nikhil says:

    We dont hate Lucas, but the Guy Matic is pure class. Also we need to sign Pastore, Koke, a good CF, wingers just like Gylfi sigaurdson and townsend,……

  5. abdulla says:

    i think we need a better DM bcuz Lucas is not top 4 quality

  6. yak says:

    Still seeing some pals here which obviously doesn’t know the value of Lucas at Liverpool..lfc ll not be were they re today if not the hard work of Leiva..if u ent like him personally that is ur own reason but on the pitch I think u should appreciate him highly..ynwa..

  7. ibrahim nageye says:

    it is gd if we get type of lucas but not that amount look a future young player who can replace him

  8. I don’t hate Lucas but ever since he is back from injury his performance had not been up to par.Many a times our defenders were put under pressure because someone infront of them did not do a good job. We clearly need a replacement . Henderson did well in the last match. Hope BR will let Hendo another crack at the Newcastle game.

  9. Livmad says:

    Get Matic in urgently because Lucas is just not good enough for premier league, our weakest link. But who wants to queue to buy Lucas?