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Lucas Leiva made himself a Liverpool hero

Lucas assisted a Ryan Babel goal in a 3—0 win over. In October 2006, Lucas was included in the senior Brazilian squad for friendlies against Kuwaiti club and.

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Retrieved 31 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2016. On 18 March, Lucas scored his first league goal for the club in a 1—1 draw with , and on 1 April, he scored in a 6—2 win over.

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Between 2010 and 2016 Lucas led the in tackles per game five times in six seasons.

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Lucas was close to becoming an instant hero in a red shirt during. Retrieved 22 August 2009.

Lucas Leiva: a role model who is leaving Liverpool after 10 rollercoaster years

Lucas was on the substitute bench on 22 March in a 2—1 defeat against Manchester United after coming back from a six-week injury layoff. However, from a more personal point of view, that meant Dirk Kuyt, not Lucas, was the hero of the hour. He finished the season with 50 appearances in all competitions and was named the club's player of the year.

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The battle for approval extended to Liverpool managers too with the exception of Benítez, who signed him and stood by him throughout.

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Retrieved 11 August 2010. The criticism irked Benítez and he responded with a passionate defence of the player, saying that "people just don't know how good Lucas is.

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Retrieved 28 July 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2017.

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