In Gerrard’s absence, Lucas will provide the experience in the middle of the park alongside Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen. The Brazilian will be expected to win back possession with tackles and interceptions for the Reds.
MCR) Jordan Henderson
Henderson had his best game in a Liverpool shirt last weekend, scoring and assisting a goal. He will provide the engine in midfield for the Reds, while Lucas and Allen concentrate on ball retention.
MCL) Joe Allen
With Steven Gerrard out injured, young Welsh midfielder Allen will continue to deputise. He did well against Spurs last weekend, and showed that the Reds can perform well without their talismanic captain. Allen will be crucial in retaining possession in the Liverpool midfield, and will likely be used a deep-lying playmaker.