Video: Lucas v. Leverkusen

It was only one half of one pre-season friendly for Liverpool's Lucas Leiva, and so disclaimers about not wanting to get too carried away or to raise expectations to unattainable levels seem necessary. Still, on Sunday against Bayer Leverkusen, Lucas was in top form the entire time he was on the pitch—and that's even without taking into account a rare goal for the holding midfielder that was down to luck as much as anything.

From the opening whistle it was clear Lucas was on his game, with a string of early tackles confirming he hasn't lost his ability to read the game faster than the vast majority of players. After an eight-month layoff, a little rust would be understandable, but he was sharp as he repeatedly nipped in, catching Leverkusen players before they realised he ...

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