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      Lucas Leiva (Liverpool > S.S. Lazio)

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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12090: May 15, 2017 03:59:00 pm
      Great words from Gerrard, and it highlights something that some have said about Lucas, which seems to go unnoticed by many.

      A decade of first playing alongside and then watching Lucas Leiva has helped shape the way in which Steven Gerrard wants to coach Liverpool’s Academy players.

      Gerrard, of course, shared a dressing room with Lucas for eight years before calling time on his glittering Anfield career in the summer of 2015.

      The legendary former Reds captain returned to his boyhood club as an Academy coach in February and will take charge of Liverpool’s U18s ahead of next season.

      And it seems that members of Gerrard’s squad can expect Lucas to be held up to them as a shining example of what it takes to establish yourself as a first-team regular with Liverpool.

      “Sitting here at the Academy, the biggest compliment I can give to Lucas is I turned up here and realised there’s a lot of talented players here with the ball - a big part of my job now moving forward is can I turn them into Lucas Leiva without the ball, if you like,” Gerrard says in ‘Lucas: 10 Years a Red’, a brand new and exclusive LFCTV documentary made to celebrate the Brazilian’s decade at Anfield.

      “They have got talent like Lucas with the ball but they don’t do what Lucas does without it in terms of dirty running, in terms of going into many collisions over the 90 minutes, going in where it hurts and sacrificing yourself for the team, doing the dirty work and emptying that tank every time.

      “Basically, performing for the supporters, how the supporters would perform if you can understand that.

      “I think if we can get a lot of Lucas Leiva into these kids then the Academy will produce more players who are ready for the physical demands of first-team football because he’s blessed with it. He’s blessed with talent not just with the ball, but without the ball as well.”


      As well as the huge professional admiration and respect Gerrard feels for Lucas, the 36-year-old’s fondness towards his former teammate on a personal level is also clear.

      “I just smile when I think of Lucas because I’ve spoken about the player and what he gives to the team with and without the ball, but the person is just as important for me,” he adds.

      “He is certainly one of the best people I’ve met through my journey in my career. I’ve got plenty of time for him and whatever he decides to do at the end of the season.

      “He’s a credit to his family but he’s got a superb family supporting him. Whatever they decide to do I wish them all the best. Hopefully it’s still here, I’d like him to stay.

      “I don’t make that decision, but for me there’s always a place for Lucas Leiva at Liverpool Football Club whether he stays or goes, and he’s always welcome to come back here. I’ve got a lot of time for him.”

      http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/263125-he-s-an-example-to-all-academy-players-stevie-on-lucas
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12091: May 16, 2017 01:22:29 pm
      Lucas Leiva: 'Unique' Liverpool is my home

      "My life, my city, my home, that's how I see it."

      After 10 years in Liverpool, Lucas Leiva has no problem articulating exactly what the city means to him - even if he didn't see it coming.

      Had anyone interrupted a shy, talented 20-year-old flying over to Merseyside for the first time in July 2007 to tell him things would pan out this way, he wouldn't have believed them.

      But a decade on from the Brazilian leaving the comfort of his homeland to try and forge a career at Anfield, he has 345 appearances to his name and the distinction of being the club's longest-serving player.

      As the 30-year-old explains in 'Lucas: 10 Years a Red', the new documentary which premieres on LFCTV at 8pm BST this evening, the journey he has undertaken is a source of immense pride.

      He says: "If someone had said to me at that moment I would be 10 years at Liverpool and have two kids born in Liverpool, I would say they were crazy!

      "I came to Liverpool always thinking to be successful and always to put my mark at the club. But 10 years is a long time, especially these days in football with players moving after only two years.

      "So I'm really proud talking to you and looking back at every season and the moments.

      "Of course, you always want more but I think my 10 years [at LFC]... I just have to be grateful and be proud of my journey and be thankful to all of the people who helped me."

      Fittingly, the fates of Lucas and the city he has called home for 10 years are somewhat intertwined.

      Prior to the flurry of investment that the 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations prompted, Liverpool was a very different place.

      But, during a decade that has seen the Dourados native grow as a player and a person, his personal transformation has been mirrored by his surroundings.

      He adds: "I kind of saw the way Liverpool progressed, I would say.

      "Of course, when I first came we didn't have Liverpool One, some of the buildings behind us were not there, the Echo Arena wasn't there, so I think it has been a period where Liverpool as a city has progressed a lot.

      "I think it's more beautiful now. You have more options, so it's good. When I first came I didn't have much options, I would say, to go out or have food or drink the way I would like to.

      "It just shows as well how much as a city Liverpool progressed the last 10 years."

      Of course, it is not the buildings that make a city, but the people.

      And anyone who has heard Lucas speak these days could probably guess that he has no qualms about being described as an adopted Scouser.

      He explains: "I have no regrets if someone calls me Scouse because as I said before, Liverpool is a unique city, they have unique people and I feel really one of them.

      "I have a lot of Scouse friends and it's a city you can see that has people who fight and never give up.

      "Sometimes it's hard but that's what you should be and fight for what you believe in. That's how I see Liverpool people because they fight for things that they believe in."

      It is that affinity with the people of Liverpool that means the club's supporters are the ones Lucas is ultimately most keen to please whenever he pulls on the shirt.

      And when asked how he would like to be thought of by the fans, he replies: "I think they would see me as a loyal player.

      "That's how I think they would see me. I always gave my all and always fought for the shirt, that's how I would like them to see me."

      http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/263444-lucas-leiva-unique-liverpool-is-my-home
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12092: May 16, 2017 01:56:25 pm
      Can't wait to watch this tonight. Yet another one of Rafa's bargains who turns out to be a really good person & player.
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12093: May 21, 2017 06:41:32 pm
      Seemed very emotional at the end there, could it be a sign, that finally he'll leave? Whatever happens it was a lovely moment for Lucas, personally think he should stay with us and join Stevie on the coaching staff but his mind is set on playing a few more years yet, maybe at the end he can come back, I'd love that.

      Big respect Lucas.
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12094: May 21, 2017 06:45:02 pm
      Would recommend any reds to watch lucas: 10 years a red.
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12095: May 21, 2017 06:46:08 pm
      Seemed very emotional at the end there, could it be a sign, that finally he'll leave? Whatever happens it was a lovely moment for Lucas, personally think he should stay with us and join Stevie on the coaching staff but his mind is set on playing a few more years yet, maybe at the end he can come back, I'd love that.

      Big respect Lucas.

      I would have him for another season as a player tbh. He'll be 31 once his contract runs out and then leave on the free with a nice signing on bonus for another club.
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12096: May 21, 2017 06:47:23 pm
      Seemed very emotional at the end there, could it be a sign, that finally he'll leave? Whatever happens it was a lovely moment for Lucas, personally think he should stay with us and join Stevie on the coaching staff but his mind is set on playing a few more years yet, maybe at the end he can come back, I'd love that.

      Big respect Lucas.

      He can still do a job when needed on the pitch, but I think he'd be better coaching alongside Gerrard, or maybe even combine the roles.

      10 years is a great achievement for a player that the armchair experts had being sold every summer ;)
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12097: May 21, 2017 06:55:22 pm
      Seemed very emotional at the end there, could it be a sign, that finally he'll leave? Whatever happens it was a lovely moment for Lucas, personally think he should stay with us and join Stevie on the coaching staff but his mind is set on playing a few more years yet, maybe at the end he can come back, I'd love that.

      Big respect Lucas.

      It did look like it was probably his last time out in a red shirt. Has been a great servant to the club and put in a few decent performances back in a midfield role towards the back end of this season to show he is not done yet. If he is on the move I really think he would be suited to playing in Serie A for one of the better Italian sides.
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12098: May 22, 2017 09:26:46 am
      Would recommend any reds to watch lucas: 10 years a red.

      Quiet brilliant wasn't it mate?

      Nearly shed a tear at one stage.

      He's a good man Lucas, never knew he started out his early career as an attacker and scored a fair few goals.

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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12099: Jul 14, 2017 02:31:29 pm
      Liverpool accept £5m bid from Lazio for midfielder Lucas Leiva.

      Sourse: Sky Sports

      http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11669/10948540/lazio-agree-5m-fee-for-liverpools-lucas-leiva
      « Last Edit: Jul 14, 2017 02:37:40 pm by Pear »
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12100: Jul 14, 2017 02:33:03 pm
       :'(
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12101: Jul 14, 2017 02:34:45 pm
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12102: Jul 14, 2017 02:37:53 pm
      Liverpool accept £5m bid from Lazio for midfielder Lucas Leiva.

      Sourse: Sky Sports

      Will always be one of my favorite players.

      Good luck lad.
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12103: Jul 14, 2017 02:43:49 pm
      All the best to him, love him.
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12104: Jul 14, 2017 02:46:10 pm
      Seeing him in the red shirt on Wednesday night once more was something of a surprise albeit a pleasant one. But it looks like it may be the last time which is sad. Deserves all the respect, praise and dedications coming his way. He's an excellent player and an even better human being.
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12105: Jul 14, 2017 02:47:43 pm
      Will always be one of my favorite players.

      Good luck lad.

      Agreed.

      Going to be very strange not to have him around. There's been many times when I've thought he was on his way, not least when the tool Hodgson brought in Poulsen.

      If you could clone an attitude and personality you'd struggle to get many better than this lad. Team player, positive, aggressive when threatened and loyal like a German Shepherd.

      Best of luck to you Lucas, you deserve it and come back as a coach!
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12106: Jul 14, 2017 02:48:31 pm
      Last goal scored as a captain against Plymouth.  :scarf:
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12107: Jul 14, 2017 02:54:54 pm
      Who is the longest serving player after him currently in the team, Hendo?
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      Reply #12108: Jul 14, 2017 02:58:53 pm
      Who is the longest serving player after him currently in the team, Hendo?

      Yup 6 years.
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12109: Jul 14, 2017 07:21:51 pm
      Best character in the squad during my 20 years supporting the club.
      Good luck Lucas!!
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12110: Jul 14, 2017 07:25:30 pm
      A bit gutted really ,had a lot of time for Lucas & believe he still had a lot to give for us but none the less it's a great opportunity for the lad to extend his career at pastures new,ten years at our great club is quite an achievemeant and one he will be very proud off as will the fans.
      He was a dedicated player and a quality professional who always gave 110% when called upon he will also
      Be ranked along side the big Dane for
      A boss Scouse accent .
      Best of luck Lucas
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12111: Jul 14, 2017 07:33:15 pm
      I'll miss him.

      A model pro and great servant to the club.
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      Reply #12112: Jul 14, 2017 08:06:29 pm
      Best character in the squad during my 20 years supporting the club.
      Good luck Lucas!!
      Really? I mean i like Lucas, great character,but you hold him in higher regard than Stevie ?
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      Reply #12113: Jul 15, 2017 03:53:21 pm
      Another era over, the Lucas era, great player, totally loyal and gave everything he could, fantastic role model for young players everywhere not just at Melwood or at Kirby, both on and off the pitch, we will miss him he leaves a pretty big dent in our squad no doubt about that at all,

      Thanks Lucas Leiva, you have been a fantastic player & servant to Liverpool FC, good luck @ Lazio.

      UNLUCKEEEEEEE !!!!



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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12114: Jul 15, 2017 10:14:25 pm
      Really? I mean i like Lucas, great character,but you hold him in higher regard than Stevie ?

      I guess what I meant was, Lucas is the type of lad I'd love to sit down and have a beer or two with.
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      Re: Lucas Leiva Player Thread
      Reply #12115: Jul 16, 2017 10:49:58 pm
      Good Luck at Lazio, Lucas. Come back and visit when you get a chance.
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      Re: Lucas Leiva (Liverpool > S.S. Lazio)
      Reply #12116: Jul 16, 2017 11:05:09 pm
      Good Luck at Lazio, Lucas. Come back and visit when you get a chance.

      As assistant manager to Stevie in another 5 or 6 years time,they compliment each other.
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      Re: Lucas Leiva (Liverpool > S.S. Lazio)
      Reply #12117: Jul 16, 2017 11:31:20 pm
      As assistant manager to Stevie in another 5 or 6 years time,they compliment each other.

      Yup and had been working on his badges at the academy the past few years.....great servant and a truly good guy.

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      Re: Lucas Leiva (Liverpool > S.S. Lazio)
      Reply #12118: Jul 16, 2017 11:53:01 pm
      Wonderful servant. Who'd have thought all those years ago when a handful of people here stood by him that he'd have 10 years at the club and have send off filled with positive thoughts and comments. Wish him all the best in Italy, YNWA.
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      Reply #12119: Jul 17, 2017 05:52:00 am
      Wonderful servant. Who'd have thought all those years ago when a handful of people here stood by him that he'd have 10 years at the club and have send off filled with positive thoughts and comments. Wish him all the best in Italy, YNWA.

       :clap: :clap: :clap: :ernaehrung004:


       All the BEST! YNWA

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