Lucas Leiva was today crowned as Liverpool's Standard Chartered Player of the Month for February.

The Brazilian made six appearances for the Reds, operating in both his familiar central midfield role as well as at centre-back.

Lucas was in exceptional form as a defender during the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City on February 28, although ultimately collected a runners-up medal as Liverpool were beaten on penalties.

The 29-year-old sustained a quad injury during that showpiece clash which will unfortunately keep him out of action until April, but it did not prevent Reds fans from selecting him as their star man for February.

He tallied 34 per cent of the final vote, which was posted to fans on our official Twitter account, @LFC, after a four-man shortlist was nominated here on Liverpoolfc.com.

Philippe Coutinho came second with 28 per cent, while Roberto Firmino (21 per cent) and Kolo Toure (17 per cent) completed the quartet.

Upon collecting the prize, Lucas told Liverpoolfc.com: “It feels very good, of course. It was a good month for me. We were very disappointed we lost the final and I got an injury, but it was a positive month for me and thanks to everyone who voted.

“It’s very good to beat my two good friends [Coutinho and Firmino], especially the position I play! Normally you don’t get so much credit, so it’s a very good award to get. I’m really happy.”

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