A decade’s worth of Merseyside derbies has not muted Lucas Leiva’s delight about winning them in the slightest.
The Brazilian stepped into the Liverpool team for the 228th edition of the fixture on Saturday, taking up a midfield berth in place of the injured Adam Lallana at Anfield.
And goals from Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi ensured it was a match to remember for Lucas and all connected to the club, with the Reds keeping up the pace in their battle for a top-four position.
“It was a big game for us, a derby at home. It’s always special – and even more when we win,” he later told Liverpoolfc.com.
“We had a very good game in difficult circumstances, because we had a lot of players coming back late with a little bit of jet-lag.