I agree with some of this Tom and disagree with some.
I think Lucas has also been underated by many Liverpool fans over his time here but agree that injuries has taken it's toll and I also don't see him hitting the excellent form he had from a few seasons back.
Still will have a part to play over the coming months though.
Yeah, you are right there. There's a group that overrate him, and another group that underrate him.
Probably the one player that splits fans opinion, more than most.
However I think nearly every supporter would probably agree that Lucas' best days are behind him, and that in the near future he'll probably be surplus to requires.
I think he was a great squad player that started to often, which certainly wasn't his fault and was a very good player who has obviously declined. I think he got vastly underrated by some. The time I thought this was most obvious how overlooked he was, was the derby against Everton when Masch went to RB after we went down to 10 men, Lucas put in a stunning display at DM but barely got a mention during the wave upon wave of plaudits for Javier. I'll admit, at his peak, he was never a great player, but you don't need 11 great players to make a great team. Some of the covering he did, for both full backs and the way he seemed to be always helping kids breaking through endeared me to him, he'll never go down as a great player, but he should go as down as a great servant to this club.
He is a very good servant to the club though, never complained and he done well endearing to the fans after the tough start he made.
You don't need 11 great players to make a great team but I do think Lucas' decline is that significant he is not even decent anymore. He has lost all pace and can't cover the full backs, plus he gives away annoying fouls as he can't keep up with the other players.
He can contribute but only in a few games per season. Not a player I think we can rely on in large periods of games.
He would suit the Italian league though, a slower pace should play to his strengths.