Despite the Reds' unexpected 1-0 loss against Southampton at Anfield on Saturday, statistics provided by our partner Opta show that Lucas Leiva was an impressive performer in the centre of midfield.

The Brazilian left the field with a passing accuracy of 95.6 per cent, a higher figure than any other player on the pitch; his distribution was mainly short too, with just 6.7 per cent of his 45 passes sent long.

Going forward, Lucas unleashed one shot at goal from outside the penalty box - which was on target - and won one foul from the opposition without conceding any for his team.

Our No.21 was also vigilant defensively, completing four interceptions during the 90 minutes; that figure topped the rankings for either team once more.

The 26-year-old attempted four tackles against the Saints and was victorious in 75 per cent of his challenges, and made one clearance on his side's behalf. 


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