Lucas

Liverpool

On Lucas Leiva

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The inevitable finally happens. After 10 seasons at the club – Liverpool's longest serving player by some distance – Lucas is moving to Lazio for a rumored £5m. It's a day long in coming, a day filled with happy memories, but also a day filled with regret. And sadness.

And with a couple of what-ifs.

Lucas to Lazio and more transfer talk

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It looks increasingly likely that Italian outfit Lazio will seal the signing of Lucas Leiva this week for £5 million. The Brazilian entered his 10th year at Liverpool Football Club in 2017 and while it's impossible to deny that his time here has consisted of some ups and downs, overall he has been a phenomenal servant to the club.

Emre Can, What A Hero

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Liverpool took a huge three points from Watford on Bank Holiday Monday thanks to a wonder strike from Emre Can. The German international performed some insane acrobatics to reach Lucas Leiva's cross and scissor kick home the Reds' only goal of the night.
As the race for the top four continues to be too close to call, Jurgen Klopp simply had to steer his side to victory against Watford.

Firmino Goal Seals Another Three Points

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Without getting too tied down in football cliches it certainly was a scrappy game at The Hawthorns for Liverpool on Sunday afternoon. The Reds walked away with all three points thanks to a single goal from Roberto Firmino but it wasn't exactly plain sailing.

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Five Things We Learned From The Merseyside Derby

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1.The Reds still have it The 3-1 win over Everton on Saturday afternoon showed that the Reds haven't lost it. When push comes to shove Liverpool have one of the most exciting attacks in the Premier League and while there have been some lacklustre performances of late against smaller sides, this victory highlighted all the positives.

Ranieri Who?

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It was just bound to happen wasn't it? A managerless Leicester turn up at the King Power having failed to find the back of the net in 2017 yet manage to put three past Liverpool with absolute ease.
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It would have been a bad time for any side to face Leicester to be honest but as mentioned in the match preview, this fixture had all the makings of a banana skin for the Reds.

I Scored Last Week In Training...

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Get in. Thank god we got past Plymouth, as a Liverpool fan from Wolverhampton I would have never heard the last of it. I was so desperate for us to win last night it was ridiculous, who'd of thought you could get as nervous for Plymouth away in an FA Cup replay as you did for the Champions League final?

MATCH PREVIEW: Crystal Palace V Liverpool

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After confidently beating Manchester City at Anfield during the week, Liverpool travel to Selhurst Park on Sunday as Jurgen Klopp looks to collect another three points in the league. At the time of writing the Reds have played 27 games, two fewer than most in the league and theoretically could still pile pressure on the race for fourth if they put a string of victories together.

Injury Woes For Reds But Ibe Nets Winner

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Liverpool managed to collect a much needed victory at the Britannia on Tuesday evening despite losing both Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren during the first half due to hamstring injuries. In the second half Kolo Toure also played through what appeared to be another hamstring issue but it was Jordon Ibe who found the back of the net for the Reds and secured the win in the first leg.

STURRIDGE, LUCAS & SKRTEL TO RETURN V EVERTON: TEAMSHEET

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After Thursday's yawn-fest against lowly Sion in the Europa League, expect Mr. Brendan Rodgers to field his strongest side at Goodison Park against Everton.

Rested on Thursday were notably Daniel Sturridge, Martin Skrtel and Lucas. They will all return for the vital clash against Roberto Martinez's improving team.

HAS RODGERS NOW LOST THE DRESSING-ROOM?

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According to The Mirror: Liverpool's beleaguered Manager Brendan Rodgers has accused his players of failing to play for him following two successive defeats to Arsenal and Man Utd.

Liverpool went on a 13 game unbeaten-streak in the Premier League since mid-December, catapulting them into Champion's League for the first time this Season.

Reds Face Mourinho's Men

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After putting on a rather gutsy performance against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, Brendan Rodgers may find himself with several questions to be answered over who to field in the starting line up tomorrow. Whilst it is evident Liverpool were lacking in attack midweek they improved dramatically defensively and this could result in somebody losing their place in the back four.

Rodgers praises Lucas but will he be at Anfield next season?

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Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers has praised Brazilian Lucas Leiva's attitude in overcoming an injury which was initially thought to be a longterm one fearing the 27 year old would not be ready for the world cup .However Rodgers applauded his mentality and determination to force his way back into the Reds' first team plans.

POSSIBLE LIVERPOOL TEAM TO GO TOP WITH A WIN V SPURS

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After Chelsea's surprise defeat to Crystal Palace and Man City's draw at the Emerites with Arsenal, the door is now wide open for Liverpool to go top of the League on their own if the beat Spurs at Anfield today. As it stands Liverpool are 1 point behind Chelsea with a game in-hand against Tim Sherwood's team and 2 ahead of City who still have to face Liverpool before the Season's end.

Injury update

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Boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed midfielder Lucas Leiva and center back Mamadou Sakho will be available for the crunch tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford this weekend.

Lucas has been sidelined after suffering a knee ligament damage in the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa in January while Sakho, who joined in a £16m deal from Paris Saint-Germain last summer, hasn't featured since a 2-1 loss to Chelsea in late December due to a hamstring injury.

Reds Make Comeback To Take A Point

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Liverpool managed to salvage a point from their clash with Villa on Saturday after initially looking as though they would be lucky to collect any points at all. The Reds got off to a terrible start with Paul Lambert's side finding the back of the net twice in the first half. A late goal before the half time whistle and a controversial penalty in the second half though allowed Liverpool to level the game up.

No Lucas For Palace Clash

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Liverpool welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield on Saturday as the Reds are gifted with the opportunity of heading back to the top of the Premier League table.

Arsenal

Arsenal player ratings from EFL cup exit – Iwobi MOTM

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It might not have quite come for the young Gunner but of all the Arsenal players on the pitch in our EFL cup defeat by Southampton it was Alex Iwobi who looked the most likely and showed the most desire to actually get something good to happen for Arsenal. Martinez 6 Not a great [...]

Is usual bad luck hitting Arsenal with injuries and referees?

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I suppose we should have known that it would not last, as every season Arsenal seem to be plagued with much more than our fair share of bad luck. It just felt for a while as though this time might be different, even though we had the defensive injury crisis at the start of the [...]

Arsenal rocked by striker injury – Time for Giroud?

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Arsenal fans will be hoping that this latest injury blow is not the start of the club's seemingly constant problems on that front, which has seen the Gunners hit by crisis after crisis that I, for one, believe has cost us at least one Premier League title. At least this time the player in question, [.

Wenger wrong to reveal Arsenal team for Reading EFL cup clash?

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Unless Arsene Wenger is indulging in a bit of kidology with his rival manager, I am surprised to see that the Frenchman, instead of keeping his cards close to his chest like he normally does, has revealed a lot about the Arsenal team that will start the EFL cup match at home to Reading, as [...]

Arsenal player ratings from Ludogorets – Ozil MOTM

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If it had not been for the sixth Arsenal goal against Ludogorets last night then it would have been Alexis Sanchez who was my pick for the Man of the Match, as the Chilean was brilliant throughout and score the best goal of the night to set us on our way to victory, but I [...]

As injury problems grow it’s not just EPL table Arsenal are climbing

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The good news for Arsenal, and there is plenty of it right now after Pep Guardiola lost his first game in charge of Man City and with Manchester United continuing to struggle under Jose Mourinho, is how the Premier League table looks going into the second international break of the season. The Gunners are up [.

Does this mean Giroud WILL start for Arsenal at Burnley?

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Hey Arsenal fans, I would not be so quick to write off our France international centre forward Olivier Giroud if I was you, despite the fact that the big man is yet to start a single game for the Gunners this season. In fact I think Giroud could be set to lead the line when [...]

Arsenal hoping Chelsea start ‘liability’ Luiz this weekend

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We do not yet know if the Arsenal and France international forward Olivier Giroud will be fit enough to start the Premier League clash with Chelsea this weekend, if you even believe that it is this mystery toe problem keeping him out of the side in the first place. If he is fit to play, [...]

Lucas double caps 4-0 Arsenal win at Forest in EPL cup

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This was a very comfortable win for the Arsenal in the end, with lots of positives after Arsene Wenger made lots of changes and gave some crucial experience to young players like Maitland-Niles, Akpom, Holding and Martinez. And there was much needed maych time for the likes of Kieran Gibbs, Gabriel and the Ox as [.

Official Arsenal team and preview of Forest in EFL cup

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We know that the Football League cup is not the highest on the list of priorities for the Arsenal manager, at least until the later rounds when the chances of winning a trophy cannot be ignored, but Arsene Wenger will still want to get through our first game in the competition away to Nottingham Forest [.

Could Akpom play at PSG after Arsenal U23 goals?

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It remains to be seen what Arsene Wenger does with the new Arsenal striker Lucas Perez on Tuesday after the Spaniard endured a pretty miserable Arsenal debut in the Premier League win over Southampton. But if the Frenchman was looking for options up front as we head to Paris to face the French champions PSG [.

A tale of two very different debuts from Arsenal signings

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There may have ben a few eyebrows raised among the Arsenal fans and the watching football media when they saw the Arsenal team selected by Arsene Wenger for today's Premier League home clash with Southampton. After a slow start to the season it was important for the Gunners not to drop any more points and [.

Confirmed Teams for Arsenal v Southampton – No Giroud and Two debuts

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Arsene Wenger has handed Arsenal debuts to both of the players that he signed towards the end of the summer transfer window. So Shkodran Mustafi starts alongside our France international star Laurent Koscielny at the heart of the back four, while somewhat surprisingly the Spanish striker Lucas Perez starts ahead of Olivier Giroud.

Lucas Perez set for Arsenal start instead of Alexis Sanchez?

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The two new Arsenal players signed by Arsene Wenger at the end of the summer transfer window may have only trained with their new teammates for the first time today, as reported by the official Arsenal website, but there is a chance that both Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi could be thrown into action straight [.

Will Giroud’s France form mean he will start for Arsenal against the Saints?

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With Arsenal having signed another option up front in the shape of the Spanish striker Lucas Perez before the summer transfer window closed, the pressure is on Olivier Giroud and his position as first choice centre forward for the Gunners. It does not help the big Frenchman that he has not yet started a game [.

Is Barca chief right about Arsenal transfer spending?

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As the end of the summer transfer window drew close and Arsenal still had not added to the squad since the early signing of Granit Xhaka, the very cheap addition of young Rob Holding from the lower leagues and the Japanese forward Takuma Asano who did not even have a work permit to play in [...]

Wenger admits Vardy scuppered Arsenal summer transfer plans

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Some Arsenal fans have been less than impressed by the news that Arsene Wenger is on the verge of completing the deal to bring the Spanish forward Lucas Perez to north London from his La Liga club Deportivo La Coruna, with many Gooners and members of the football press suggesting that this is a panic [.

Why Arsenal should worry about the Liverpool midfield battle..

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Stats show Leiva and Can will dominate Flamini and Ramsey in key midfield battle by RC Jürgen Klopp has admitted than Liverpool cannot compete with Arsenal if they try to match Arsene Wenger's possession-based game-plan. The Premier League leaders go to Anfield on Wednesday night as they continue their pursuit of claiming a first league [.

LIVERPOOL MUST START LUCAS V ARSENAL

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Liverpool must start outcast Lucas against Arsenal in their vital League clash away on Monday evening.

With midfielder and Captain Jordan Henderson unlikely to be fit with a heel injury, a midfield stalwart is needed and that should come in the shape of the long-standing Brazilian Lucas.

TOURE TO START V ARSENAL

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Liverpool face into a vital game against Arsenal without the suspended Steven Gerrard & Martin Skrtel at the Emirates.

Gerrard is expected to be replaced by the fit again Lucas Leiva in midfield.

The real debate is at the back where Skrtel's unfair suspension has opened the door for either Dejan Lovren or Kolo Toure to start for the Reds.

5 Premier League Stars In Danger Of Fizzling Out

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5 Premier League Stars In Danger Of Fizzling Out - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The transfer window may have closed but that doesn't mean that all managers, nor all players are currently happy with their current squad, or position within that squad. Indeed, a quick glance down the squads of the Premier League's top teams reveals a number of players who look to be down, if not out, at their current club.

Arsenal have a great chance to exploit Liverpool’s problems!!

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What are Liverpool's weaknesses? by KJ It's still a couple of days away but there's a massive game coming up on Saturday and Arsenal will need to start a winning run against some of the bigger teams for the next 6 weeks if we are to stay in the title race. But the same was [...]

The Rest

Real Madrid 1-0 Granada : The Attack

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Against Granada, Real Madrid won by 1-0. So the scoreline alone shows that the attack force Real Madrid put out against Granada was not perfect. It was a frustrating day to say the least. If It wasn't for an amazing Isco left foot cross and Benzema's header from that cross, Real Madrid's La Liga season would have been in tatters.