Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva had an interesting evening against Leicester City on Saturday.
The Brazilian was thrown into the starting eleven as an emergency centre-back, as Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan and Mamadou Sakho were all unable to start due to injury.
An otherwise decent performance from the 29-year-old was marred somewhat, as a heavily misplaced backpass to Simon Mignolet, having initially lost control of the ball, allowed Jamie Vardy to slot home into an empty net.
Despite the mistake, Liverpool ran out comfortable 4-1 winners against the Premier League champions to climb to fifth in the table.
Afterwards, Lucas was able to reflect on his performance, and was even able to jokingly spin the error in a positive and optimistic way:
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) September 10, 2016
“It was my first assist in ten years!”
Manager Jurgen Klopp defended Lucas after the match, insisting that the mistake was the result of being thrown in at the deep end as a last-minute replacement for Lovren. With the benefit of hindsight, he was even able to have a laugh at the error.
Klopp: “We had to throw Lucas in cold water today, he wasn’t ready for 90 minutes but he’s a wonderful character and a great player.” #lfc
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) September 10, 2016
Klopp said Lucas was man of the match. “He made the game exciting!” #LFC
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) September 10, 2016
Despite his “man of the match” performance, Lucas is likely to find himself out of the starting eleven for next Friday’s match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with Lovren set to return.