Lucas Leiva is a holding midfielder for both Liverpool and Brazil.

The South American found it tough to win over supporters during the initial stages of his Anfield career but his class shone through so that now only Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez appear more often on the back of supporters’ shirts.

His arrival from Gremio in 2007 was seen as quite a coup for Rafael Benitez, with a host of European clubs apparently circling.

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