Liverpool fans have nothing but respect for Lucas Leiva yet there remains to be a case for the argument that he still doesn’t get enough credit for his service to this club.
The Brazilian has maintained his position as a valuable member of this team even despite seeing five managerial changes during his time at Anfield.
During an interview with the Liverpool Echo, he has discussed Jurgen Klopp using him as a central defender and the German’s style of play forcing him to adapt his game.
He said: “He thinks I have the qualities to play there. Every game I feel more comfortable and I feel more natural there.”
“I’d say it’s probably my best position to play for Liverpool. Over my last 20 to 25 games for the club, I’ve played maybe 18 or 19 matches as a centre-back.”
“I feel very comfortable in that role now. And when he needs someone to play in midfield he knows he can count on me there too.”
“It hasn’t been so different. Of course with the way Jürgen likes to play, the holding midfield player has to do a lot more I’d say in terms of what I used to do before in that holding role.”
“Playing as a centre-back is something similar. You don’t run as much as when you are in midfield but you need to be very focused.”
His acknowledgement of how he has had to evolve his game recognises what a great servant he has been in terms of his desire to continue fighting for a place in the starting lineup and to ensure he still has a part to play.
Aside from his qualities on the pitch, he is an extremely useful person to have within the squad. He is one of the most experienced players in the team, he is a leader and he is a man who knows and can teach others about what is required at Liverpool.
James Milner is often the one who is hailed for his versatility but Lucas is also equally as worthy of the same kind of praise.