Gerrard the only attacking midfielder !!!I don't think so.Benayoun, Voronin, Kuyt, (and Babel) could all easily fill a role in midfield and support the main strikers. - good excuse to get 3 real strikers on the pitch (or 4 ?)Would still be good to see Leiva play, though I suspect only from the bench. Maybe he will get in the Carling Cup team for frequently.
If Gerrard isn't playin tomorrow I think this would be a perfect opportunity to play Lucas. Alonso has had a bad start to the season (by his great standards!). So Mascherano could play as the defensive midfielder to keep it tight at the back ,and allow the kid to roam forward and show us what he can do!Against a team like Sunderland (no offence to Sundlerland : ) we should have enough quality in the team to beat them anyway! So it would be an ideal chance to test Lucas. If Gerrard is out, I agree. We should definitely see Lucas on the field tomorrow. I think he'll do well to adapt the conditions as quickly as he can and start staking a claim...
Alonso has had a bad start to the season (by his great standards!). So Mascherano could play as the defensive midfielder to keep it tight at the back ,and allow the kid to roam forward and show us what he can do!
Lucas was the best player on the pitch yesterday, you could see world class potential from every touch he made!I think that he should be playing regular football now, what is there to say otherwise?
Xabi Alonso is 26 years old and I think that he's been poor by his own standards. He is definitely not the player now that he was two, three years back. He lacks pace, yes has crisp passing but to be honest his passing is getting worse, a lot worse!Tim Vickery said that Lucas is a player he can see playing alongside Mascherano in the future... I agree with him!
Give him a chance Rafa, he's 20 and this is the right age to learn!
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard and manager Rafa Benitez have backed midfielder Lucas Leiva to shine at Anfield. The 20-year-old arrived at Liverpool in the summer and has been slowly accruing pitch time since, most recently against Cardiff City in the Carling Cup on Wednesday.His midfield partner for the game, Steven Gerrard, has been impressed with how quickly the Brazilian has settled in England."He could have had the winner in the derby on his league debut and there aren't many players who can say that," he told the club’s official website. "It is always difficult for new players to come on in the derby, especially when they're used to playing a different style of football in a different country. But Lucas came on and acquitted himself well. "I've seen enough of him in training and in games to know that he has got a great future. "He is only a young lad but once he picks up more experience and if he keeps on doing the right things in training and listening to the right people, then I'm sure he will go on to be a great player." Lucas' appearances from the bench so far this season have also impressed boss Rafa Benitez, who revealed that fans can expect to see more and more of the Brazil international as the campaign progresses. Benitez said: "He is the captain of the Brazilian under-21 team and he has already won a cap for the first team, so we knew all about his quality. "It is not as if he was playing for one of the smaller countries. It is Brazil and it is really difficult for a player to play for such a big team at such a young age. "So we were happy to sign him, and I am sure we will see more and more of him as the season goes on."
Could he be as good as I am making him out to be? Imagine if he does decide to start being a little more bold in his playing. He certainly has shown that he has the talent and skill to do great things