Only four overseas players have spent longer at Anfield – Arthur Riley, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Bruce Grobbelaar and Jan Molby. Sami Hyypia and Pepe Reina are the only two who boast a better record than Lucas’ 242 appearances in the Premier League.
Playing under five different Liverpool managers, making a total of 341 appearances, Lucas represents a dying breed of footballers. Committed until the very end, he embodies professionalism and understands just what it means to play for The Reds.
There have been plenty of ups and downs along the way, with the 30-year-old often branded as an easy scapegoat. ‘Too slow’ and ‘not of good enough in qualit’y, fans used Lucas to vent their frustrations. Christian Purslow even told him he could leave should a suitable offer come in.
That’s what has made his longevity during a tempestuous era all the more admirable. While those around him have run for the exit door, Lucas has stood tall, silencing his doubters time and time again.
Lucas: Through The Years
The number 21 was thrown into the thick of it for his first league appearance which came in the Merseyside derby in 2007. Coming on for Steven Gerrard with the score level at 1-1, Lucas was entrusted with the task of steering Liverpool toward a big three points. While not known for his attacking prowess, the Brazilian dually delivered when his 90th minute strike earned a penalty after the ball made contact with Phil Neville’s arm. Dirk Kuyt stepped up and converted, but all the plaudits were rightly geared in Lucas’ direction.
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