A key element in last night’s positive 1-1 draw with Manchester City was the work of our new central midfield partnership between Charlie Adam and Lucas.
The pair were fantastic last week in our victory over Chelsea, and last night worked even harder to ensure the Reds left Anfield with at least a point against the league leaders.
Lucas’ hard work since signing for the club back in 2007 looks to be finally paying off. He has worked through adversity, shrugging off backlash from the stands and the media for his performances early in his Liverpool career. However his hard work is finally paying dividends, and he is now one of the first name’s on Kenny Dalglish’s team sheet. I must admit there were even times when I questioned Lucas’ value to the side, however those days are no more. He was arguably our best player last season, and has continued that consistency into the new campaign. His form was typified by a brilliant performance last night, in which he had a pass accuracy of 92% and a tackle success rate of 100%. He also kept the in-form David Silva in his back pocket for the entire 90 minutes, limiting the Spaniard’s effectiveness.
Meanwhile Charlie Adam’s 7 million pound move from Blackpool in the summer is proving to be a revelation. He’s been extremely consistent, already providing 2 goals and 3 assists, while his passing around the ground has been precise and deadly. He was instrumental in setting up both goals last weekend against Chelsea, and proved to be the difference yesterday, with his deflected shot providing the equaliser.
In the absence of Steven Gerrard, Adam and Lucas have worked in tandem to start this season, and the pair look to be one of the best central midfield partnership’s in the Premier League thus far. We can only hope their hard work, dedication and consistency remains throughout the entirety of the campaign.