Lucas has arguably been the most important player for Liverpool over the last few games as he’s played superbly following a long spell out with injury.
That bodes very well for next season because he’s a linchpin in the current team and several sources have already suggested that he’s not playing as well as he potentially could do.
He has a clear and precise role in the current side which is to sit in the middle of the team and pull all of the strings.
The fact he’s one of the first choice midfielders means his confidence is only going to grow which will be amplified by the fact he’s unlikely to be axed or cast aside over the summer.
He has vital experience which is significant for Brendan Rodgers because Liverpool are a side introducing a lot of young players to top flight football.
That experience is going to be key next season because Liverpool will not have Jamie Carragher in the side making sure the youngsters don’t slip up or make mistakes in crucial games.
He’s also had the public backing of the manager which tells us two things. Firstly, that he’s fully in the mind of Rodgers when it comes to his plans to develop the team and take the side forward.
Secondly, it tells us that Rodgers is likely to use him as a first choice player next season which gives him the chance to improve his consistency and performances even further.
His presence enables more attacking players like Steven Gerrard to crave into their attacking natural instincts, which makes Liverpool a more dangerous team and is one of the knock on effects of having Lucas in the side.
Possibly the most vital reason he’ll be the most important player next season is because of the protection he can offer to any new defenders in the side.
With Carragher retiring and Martin Skrtel possibly leaving, Lucas will be able to protect a new back four through the early weeks of the season and beyond.
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