Gerrard Speaks of “Enormous Respect” for Lucas Leiva
New Glasgow Rangers manager and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has spoken of his ‘enormous respect’ for ex-Liverpool teammate Lucas Leiva, who left the club last summer to join Serie A side Lazio.
Gerrard says the Brazilian is one of his most cherished teammates from a storied career, “I wish Lucas the best of luck for the rest of his career,” he told Corriere dello Sport. “He is certainly one of the best people I have met during my time in football, throughout my career.
“I have enormous respect for Lucas, both as a player and as a person. He is one of the most professional players I have ever played alongside. He gave his very best every time he represented Liverpool.
“You can talk about what he gives to the team, in terms of their style of play. As a human being, Lucas has immense qualities that are just as important as his ability as a footballer.
“In terms of technique, there are many players who can manage the ball as well as he does. However, very few contribute as much as he does without the ball.”