Liverpool suffered the ignominy of finishing below Everton last season as their Premier League form was close to atrocious since the turn of the year. A large part of that was due the absence of their engine room in midfield, Brazilian Lucas Levia. The 25 year old has been out for the past seven months with a cruciate knee injury, but he has back and raring to go as the Reds embark on a new journey under Brendan Rodgers. And, the new manager was quick to label the midfielder as a vital clog in the line-up.
“He is the ultimate professional and he is going to be a brilliant player for me in my career here at Liverpool and I’m looking forward to seeing him fully fit,” said Rodgers to the Telegraph. The former Swansea boss also spoke about how his first impression of the player was even higher than his expectations, pointing to the fighting spirit showcased by him in recovering from a serious injury as a reflection of his passion. Lucas will be the heart beat of the midfield, playing in a classic box-to-box role as Rodgers imbibes his passing philosophy on Merseyside.