It winds me up no end when people use Lucas as a template as to why we shouldn’t criticise some of the Liverpool players, such as Downing, Adam and Carroll. The more educated of us who backed Lucas at the beginning of his LFC career did so as we noticed key fundamentals that outlined what a player he could become.
a) He was technically gifted
b) He was Brazil U21 captain (cant play to that level without having something about you)
c) He was being played out of position
d) He was young, full of potential and time to develop.
From all these, the only "flop" that should have the Lucas template used on him is Jordan Henderson. I, personally, am a big fan of Henderson. He is very much like Lucas when he started at LFC. He is captain of his U21 national team, he is technically gifted, has been played out of position and still, at 21, very much a kid that hasn’t been allowed to develop in his natural CM role.
The other players, for example, Adam and Downing, are older with very little or no scope to develop and have been allowed to play in their preferred position on the pitch. In fact, the only time Adam looked good was when he had Lucas playing behind him, sweeping up his errors effortlessly. When Lucas became injured, it became apparent very quickly, how much Adam was out of his depth.
When good fans are rightfully critical of players performances (without going into a personal attack on the player), you have smartarse fans, who think they are being clever, pulling out the Lucas template as a rebuttal. They think they are being “real” fans, stating that we should look back at how Lucas was treated, but in reality, they have no idea why we defended Lucas in the first place and they were, more than likely, the fans that originally slagged him off.
So those of you think that fans are not allowed to be critical of players, when they have just cause, stop trying to be clever, stop the one-upmanship and understand why Lucas was defended, why he’s developed into the player he now is and why it makes no sense to use him as a defence of every player playing for LFC.