The phrase ‘adopted Scouser’ grants Reds the licence to keep up to date with fan favourites beyond their time at Anfield.
Lucas Leiva fits that bill, and is well worth recognition for spearheading one of the shock results of the footballing weekend.
The Brazilian played a starring role as Lazio held on to inflict Juventus’ first home league defeat in more than two years.
A Ciro Immobile brace proved to be enough to secure a 2-1 win over the reigning Serie A champions, although the party was almost ruined with some late drama.
Juventus had the chance to draw level from the spot in the 97th minute when they were eventually awarded a penalty having seen their appeals initially turned down, until the referee reversed his decision thanks to help from the video assistant referee.
Paulo Dybala stepped up but saw his effort saved by Thomas Strakosha, sparking wild scenes inside the Juventus Stadium.
94′: Patric crunches Bernardeschi 😬
95′: Buffon comes up 🏃
96′: VAR awards pen 📺
97′: Dybala misses pen ❌
FT: Juventus 1-2 Lazio 😳
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) October 14, 2017
Lucas was widely praised for his role in the win having accumulated standout statistics in the heart of the Lazio midfield.
After struggling for game time towards the end of his Liverpool career, it’s refreshing to see him thriving in Italy and seeing his undeniable talent deservedly rewarded.
Seems fair to say he’s settled in rather well.
Juve 1-2 Lazio
LUCAS LEIVA stats:
Pass success: 91%
Chances created: 2
Duels won: 8
Successful tackles: 4
Interceptions: 5 pic.twitter.com/foBugK7vy6
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) October 14, 2017