Lucas Leiva has had an outstanding season though his work has gone unnoticed and unappreciated by some quarters of Reds' fans. Much like the legendary "water-carrier" Deschamps, Lucas' role allows the creative talents of Adam, Downing, Suarez and Bellamy to flourish. Even with all the dirty work, the Brazilian rank as one of the best passers in the Liverpool side, with an 85% passing average in his last six games.
Lucas is currently the top tackler in the Premiership and his abilities to break up a very fluid City midfield will launch a few potent Liverpool counter attacks. Liverpool scored two goals from three shots at goal against Chelsea, that shows they have worked hard to their finishing.
Fact is, Liverpool likes playing the big teams and will relish the chance to bring Moneybags City down to earth. With the form that the Reds are in, City could be heading for their first defeat of this season's campaign.