Liverpool FC midfielder Lucas Leiva seems to be loving the new ‘heavy metal football’ philosophy at Anfield under manager Jurgen Klopp, as the Brazilian expressed that he feels the “new energy” inside him.
The Reds have not had that great a start under Klopp, but they have consolidated their results, losing just one of the four Premier League matches, in which the German has been in charge. To add to Lucas’ excitement, he has played every minute, so far under Klopp’s regime.
a The arrival of Klopp has given me a new energy. He shows he has enough confidence in me,” Lucas was quoted as saying in the Liverpool Echo. a Since he has arrived, wea ve had seven games in four weeks. Ita s a high number, but he has managed to give the team a different face.”
The 28-year-old defensive midfielder, who is currently with the Brazilian national team for the South American 2018 World Cup qualifiers, also said that Klopp is very clear about the kind of football he wants his team to play. Lucas says that he has benefited from this.
a I have learned a lot from him. He is very demanding, but has clear ideas about football. I have gotten along well with him in the first month,” said Lucas. a He is a pretty straightforward guy, as I imagined from knowing German culture, but he is open too. I feel close (to him), knowing he is the boss.a
Donning the captain’s armband a special moment for Lucas
The match last Sunday against Crystal Palace at Anfield was a special occasion for Lucas, as he was handed the captain’s armband. Although Liverpool FC crashed to their first defeat under the Klopp regime, Lucas says that he would still cherish the moment for a long time.
a It was a very special moment for me. Ia ve been at Liverpool many years so I know how important it is to be captain of Liverpool,” Lucas was quoted as saying to Brazilian media Globo Esporte (via Liverpool Echo). a Unfortunately the result (against Palace) wasna t the best, but it was still a special moment.”
This loss leaves Liverpool FC at the 10th position on the Premier League table, just behind arch rivals Everton FC on goal difference. The Reds travel to Manchester to face table toppers Manchester City, in their next match. They would certainly need to have their ‘heavy metal’ strategy up for the full 90 minutes, if they are to harbour any hopes of getting points out of this match.