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- Apr 6, 2011
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Over two years ago I wrote an article on Lucas Leiva. The Brazilian had become a scapegoat among Liverpool fans after struggling to adapt from the much less physical and slower Brasileirao. His faults were obvious, but the qualities that made him worth persevering with aren’t typically appreciated in English footballing culture – neat passing and clever positional sense wasted on a country that typical played a direct game with heavy running. Nevertheless, Lucas was starting to come into his own after the departure of Xabi Alonso, and since then has grown to be recognised as one of Liverpool’s key players. His place as underappreciated midfielder didn’t go unfilled for long though, with the arrival of Jordan Henderson. Unfortunate to arrive under Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli’s generally awful transfer dealings, Henderson was thrown in as another overpriced stats-based British signing. Although, unlike Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll, Henderson was actually pretty handy. The main issue with how he was viewed is that the Henderson that turned heads at Sunderland played a different role to how he is used at Liverpool. While still the same player, under Steve Bruce Henderson was shunted out to the right of midfield, his natural [...]
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