After watching Liverpool play for ten years now, I can proudly say that I have borne witness to some memorable moments. Obviously, not all of these moments were good, but they were memorable in their own way. Similarly, I remember a game that I had seen on my grandparents’ TV. It was a League Cup Quarter-Final clash between us and Chelsea at the Bridge.
We won that game by two goals to nil. Maxi Rodriguez and Martin Kelly were our scorers on the night. The goals and the victory itself are the two most important things that I remember from that game. However, there was another third incident that is still as clear as crystal in the corridors of my memory.
Lucas Leiva found himself in an unfortunate collision with a Chelsea player that left the midfielder with some serious damage to his knee. As our number 21 lay there, sprawled on the Stamford Bridge turf, all I could think of at that time, was this. What were we going to do without him? That was exactly how important a figure Lucas became for us. A cruciate ligament injury was the prognosis and thus ended the 2011/2012 season for Lucas Leiva. That phase, was Lucas’ best in his long Liverpool career and it was a throwback to his initial days at our club. What’s sad though, is the fact that the Brazilian, once again finds himself on thin ice.
Brendan Rodgers was never really a Lucas fan, and that is now very much evident by the fact that the defensive midfielder failed to feature in the match day squad of our opening game of the season at Stoke. Lucas has been transfer listed and it is understood that he will be allowed to leave as soon as an acceptable offer arrives. Right now, all I can wonder is how smart a move would this be? Yes, it is understood that Rodgers does not have any room for Lucas in his plans, but how on Earth does he have room for Joe Allen?
Till this day, I have failed to understand exactly why we paid 15 million pounds for him! It is difficult to even identify even one particular aspect of the game that he is good at, apart from passing the ball sideways and backwards. Lucas on the other hand was known all over Europe as a notoriously effective defensive midfielder. The manner in which he shielded our centre back was very impressive, but what was even more impressive though, was the manner in which he turned his Liverpool career around.
After being brought into the club in 2007, the youngster was derided by us Liverpool fans for the poor performances that he put in. After a while though, he turned his career around until a time came when we fans were forced to make a personal apology to him. Now though, things have taken a turn for the worse for the player and I personally feel that his departure will be a poor decision at this point of time.