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Fact Or Fiction: Will Lucas Loss Leave Liverpool Languishing?

lucas leiva in action for liverpool 300x413 Fact Or Fiction: Will Lucas Loss Leave Liverpool Languishing?“Fact Or Fiction” is a series that will be run every Friday. In this series, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed each offer their views on whether the statement is “Fact or Fiction.”

Fact or Fiction: With the loss of Lucas for the season, Liverpool’s chances of European football are finished.

MH: Fact. Lucas was just coming into his own as the best holding midfielder in England when he suffered a season ending knee injury. But the loss of Lucas won’t be the only reason that Liverpool will miss out on Europe. The summer transfer signings of Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson have struggled to find a foothold in the starting eleven. With an inconsistent line up, the club has had a difficult time finding the back of the net so far this season. Liverpool has also been very inconsistent this season. They played well in a victory at Stamford Bridge, and then the Reds struggled against Norwich and Swansea. Because of this, even with a healthy Lucas, Europe still probably would be out of reach for Liverpool.

ER: Fiction. The Brazilian has come into his own in the last two years for Liverpool, and his boots will be tough ones to fill for Kenny Dalglish for sure. But I don’t think the quality from 3-7 is all that great in the Premier League this season. After watching the crisis of confidence (and attrition) strike Manchester United yesterday in Basel, you could even argue that the Red Devils are not a cinch for the Top 4. I think Liverpool will certainly finish in a Europa League position, if not win a domestic Cup. Do I expect the Reds to climb into 4th place? No, but while my friend Matt points out Liverpool’s inconsistency, many other clubs have dealt with that same burden. I think that will continue. I think Liverpool will definitely earn qualification for the Europa League next season, and it would not surprise me if Dalglish dials up the right formula to get them Top 4, even without a player of Lucas’ caliber protecting the back 4.

What do you think? Is it fact or fiction that, with the loss of Lucas for the season, Liverpool’s chances of European football are finished?

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6 Responses to Fact Or Fiction: Will Lucas Loss Leave Liverpool Languishing?

  1. Jason says:

    Fact. Liverpool will miss Lucas because he has been their best player for the past 2 seasons. They have no cover for him. That and the fact that Liverpool bought so poorly in the summer with their British experiment is why they will miss out on Europe.

  2. Cody says:

    “The summer transfer signings of Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson have struggled to find a foothold in the starting eleven.”

    Downing yes, but I’m tired of non-Liverpool fans not realizing that Henderson has been severely misused.

    He’s been expected to play as a winger and to switch sides with Downing when Downing drifts off to the right. When Henderson’s had chances to play in the middle he’s been awesome…unfortunately there aren’t enough of those opportunities for the average non-Liverpool fan to see.

  3. Zabraski says:

    Massive loss,as a Liverpool who has watched every game for the past 5 seasons,the improvement of Lucas hS been extraordinary…in the recent game against man city,Lucas had toure in his pocket …not am easy feat.
    Lucas has proven to be one of Benitez’ best buys..along with reina.

  4. Zabraski says:

    Sorry for the dodgy spelling..blame the iPhone 

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