Liverpool almost sold Lucas in the summer to Besiktas, but with Jordan Henderson the victim of an injury and Joe Allen also missing most of the early part of the campaign, we did well to keep our longest serving player.
And versus Aston Villa, he showed why he’s actually very valuable to us.
The Brazilian completed more passes than any player in the Premier League at the weekend, and won the most tackles as well.
Most tackles won in the Premier League this weekend: Lucas Leiva (8) Kevin Mbabu (8) Nemanja Matic (5) pic.twitter.com/ovL5fIyBSE
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 28, 2015
A terrific midfield performance if there ever was one.
Watch his tidy, combative and at times destructive performance, here: