‘Brendan Rodgers should pick Lucas Leiva to fill Liverpool’s midfield void’

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino expects Brendan Rodgers to ask Lucas Leiva to fill Jordan Henderson's void in midfield

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Lucas Leiva joined Liverpool from Gremio in 2007 Photo: Standard Chartered

Brendan Rodgers is facing a midfield dilemma as the Liverpool manager ways up his options to replace suspended Jordon Henderson, according to Tony Cascarino.

The 23-year-old Reds midfielder received a straight red in injury time for a high challenge in a 3-2 victory over Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.

I think Lucas will be the better option because of the experience

Tony Cascarino

It means the England international will miss trips to Norwich City and Crystal Palace, as well as a crunch clash against Chelsea at Anfield.

And former Chelsea striker Cascarino feels Rodgers will opt for Lucas Leiva ahead of Joe Allen due to the Brazilian’s experience.

Cascarino said: “They’ve got Lucas or Allen. It’s one or the other. Does he want to go with a more experienced guy in Lucas or a guy that has come to the club and been in and out of the team?

“It’s a tough call for him and he has to get it right.”

The ex-Blues man continued: “Personally, I think Lucas will be the better option because of his experience.

“Because they go away to Norwich and keeping that midfield a bit more compact. I’m not sure Allen is ready to go into that environment in the last few games.”

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith added: “I think Allen has done well when he has come into the side. I don’t think Rodgers would hesitate at all.

“It’s horses for courses. Depends on the opposition. You wonder who he will play when Chelsea come to town.”

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