Lucas Leiva looks a refreshed man in recent weeks with Jürgen Klopp deploying him in an aggressive, forward midfield position. But the defensive side of his game almost got him into trouble against Chelsea -- already on a yellow, Lucas tripped Ramires on a counterattack and was lucky to stay on the pitch.
He made sure to shout out referee Mark Clattenburg after the match. "[The near sending off] will probably be talked about. It's normal, especially when you lose a game," Lucas said to Liverpool TV. "Sometimes in my position you make fouls, more to stop the game. I think it was a good decision from the referee, he controlled the game very well."
"I think it was a fair game. People will say this could change this game. In the end we were the better team," he added.
Lucas went on to talk about what the victory meant for the team.
"It was a massive win for us. After a few draws we needed these three points and hopefully the next two games, the Europa League and the Premier League, we get good momentum before the international break," he said.