Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Lucas Moura Would Signal Reds' Intent

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2013

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06:  Lucas Moura of PSG looks on prior to the Round of 16 UEFA Champions League match between Paris St Germain and Valencia CF at Parc des Princes on March 6, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Luis Suarez's stunning quartet of goals against Norwich—three of which could be described as "godly"—are testimony of a Liverpool side who are showing great ambition under Brendan Rodgers.

The former Swansea boss, who always exerted an enterprising persona while at The Liberty Stadium, needs to match the Reds' swagger on the pitch with some equally inspired signings during the January transfer window.

Paris Saint-Germain's Lucas Moura is being eyed for a move to Anfield, per talkSport—as is his teammate Javier Pastore, reported by Alex Richards of the Mirror—suggesting the Kop may have a handful of new heroes to worship at the start of 2014.

While I've previously made a case for the latter here, Lucas would also represent an excellent signing and marker of ambition for Rodgers' tenure at the club.

Rodgers and Moura: A Perfect Match

Lucas' stint at PSG has been underwhelming to say the least. The former Sao Paulo starlet failed to score during 14 appearances for the Ligue 1 champions last season, although he did provide four assists in this time, per ESPN FC.

As the Parisian club's funding continues to swell, the exciting Brazilian has found himself struggling to make an impact underneath the weight of stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani.

This season he has made 10 starts and 10 substitute appearances in the domestic division and across the Champions League, scoring three goals and providing a further five assists, per WhoScored.com.

HULL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Brendan Rodgers, manager of Liverpool looks dejected during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Liverpool at KC Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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While a fairly decent output for the attacking midfielder who is rarely afforded a run of starts, Lucas is currently operating way below his potential. Unlike Oscar and Neymar—who have excelled since moving to Europe—there are still question marks as to how dominant the pacey forward will be.

Enter Mr Rodgers.

The Liverpool boss has consistently shown he is more than willing to put an emphasis on youth, but most impressively, this is aided by a tactical setup that allows young players to excel. Rodgers gives them responsibility, makes them feel important and usually gets a return.

Philippe Coutinho was in a similar situation to Lucas at Inter Milan last year—playing bit-part football without reaching his potential—and needed a burst of confidence to improve his game.

Rodgers came calling, and ever since, Coutinho's technical prowess, dribbling skill and vision has aided Liverpool's attack.

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 10: Lucas Moura #7 of Brazil carries the ball past Miguel Veloso #4 of Portugal in the second half during the international friendly match at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerh
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Daniel Sturridge, a frustrated winger often forced onto the sidelines at Chelsea, is another example of Rodgers taking a raw talent and improving his game. Rodgers pushed Sturridge into his favoured striking role, and with it, he is the most prolific Englishman in the Premier League this season, per BBC Sport.

Lucas needs this kind of attention.

He is as gifted on the ball as Coutinho, possesses far greater pace and always looks to bring his teammates into play with forward-thinking passes. The keen dribbler, despite his 5'7" height, is also excellent in aerial situations due to a natural spring in his step.

Previously confident players such as Iago Aspas and Victor Moses have failed to make an impact behind Suarez at Anfield, while Rodgers continues to get the best out of those he rescued from unfavourable personal situations.

Even Raheem Sterling, an unused starlet before Rodgers' arrival, sparked his talent with a goal during the win over Norwich.

Managers often have to develop the game of their new signings and must offer plenty of chances to shine if the player is to trust them. We've seen it with Mesut Ozil at Arsenal, Romelu Lukaku's loan move to Everton and even Gareth Bale at Real Madrid.

This is exactly what Rodgers can offer Lucas.

Bustling with quality and in need of faith, the 21-year-old's potential arrival would not only be a signal of Liverpool's intent, it would an indicator of the player's, too.