Holding midfielder Lucas Leiva is admired by many Liverpool faithful as a result of the sheer drive and determination the 26-year-old Brazilian showed to initially force himself into the Liverpool starting 11. The once booed, ridiculed and want-away midfielder found himself glorified by the Kop.
Nowadays, the story isn't quite so glamorous. An injury set back last season ruptured progress, and since his return, Lucas hasn't looked like the same improving force he once did.
For some, myself included, Lucas was never really Liverpool quality, merely a sub-standard replacement for one Javier Mascherano. His recent dip in form has confirmed that the improvements he made last season brought him to the maximum of his potential, and therefore, this season must be his last.