Liverpool boss Dalglish admits Lucas gamble backfired
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish concedes he took a risk in playing midfielder against Manchester United
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has conceded that he took a risk in playing Lucas in last weekend’s clash with Manchester United after the Brazilian midfielder picked up a suspension at Anfield.
The 24-year-old midfielder will sit out this weekend’s visit of Norwich City after being booked during last Saturday’s 1-1 draw.
Lucas, who had played in Brazil’s friendly in Mexico three days before the United game, was substituted in the 57th minute at Anfield – and Dalglish admits he probably underestimated the effect the long journey to America had on the player.
“He’s been fantastic this season for us,” Dalgish told a news conference. “On Saturday he was a wee bit unfortunate that I decided to play him after the journey he’d had.
“It maybe took more out of him than I thought. But he’s been fantastic for us and it will be a miss. But he’ll serve his game and it’s up to us to overcome that.”
Dalglish is confident his side are fully capable of coping with the absence of the midfielder against Norwich on Saturday.
“We know Lucas can’t play. He’s suspended but we’ll just have to cover it as best as we can,” Dalglish continued.
“That’s what you have a strong squad for – to overcome injuries and suspensions.
“This is the first suspension of the season so we have to cover it. We have to make sure that, although we are saying he is a loss before the game, we are not saying the same thing afterwards.”