In an interview with the official Liverpool FC monthly magazine, midfielder Lucas Leiva tells all about how Brendan Rodgers persuaded him to change his position from a defensive midfielder to a box-to-box midfielder in order to aid the new diamond 4-4-2.
The change implemented at the half-way stage of the season seemed a strange one given that throughout his career at Liverpool, Lucas had always been one of the more defensive midfielders. This idea is backed by the fact Lucas has only ever scored 1 Premier League for Liverpool in 174 games and 6 goals in 241 games overall for the Merseyside club.
However, as Lucas suggested in his interview, the box-box role is not a foreign concept to him:
"I played there for Gremio, we used to play a lot of time in a diamond."
"We had a holding midfielder, a playmaker, then me - more box-to-box. The playmaker did not run forward so much but I had the energy and freedom to join the attack."
"It's pretty much the same Brendan asks here if we play in a diamond. Yes, you have to look after the full-backs and, when the ball is on the other side of the pitch, help outside the holding midfielder. You also have to keep the ball but contribute to the attack."
"We sat down in January, where he explained that he wanted to use Stevie as a holding player and me on the side of the three midfielders or the diamond. I had to re-adjust."
"It's something I feel comfortable with. Of course, as much as you play you feel even more comfortable. You know you can help more. Football is like that."
"The team is doing so well and it is difficult for the manager to change things. You understand that. I know that the only way is to train hard and prepare. Lots of players this season have had chances when they did not expect it."
Apart from the defeat against Chelsea, Liverpool had been undefeated in 16 league games, winning the last 11 on the bounce, suggesting the change in formation had worked.
Of course, during that time Steven Gerrard has taken over Lucas's prime position with a flurry of world class performances; meanwhile Lucas has had to bide his time whilst Jordan Henderson revelled in the box-to-box role.
When pressed to answer his future role in the Liverpool position, Lucas had this to say:
"I know Stevie is playing in my position and doing very, very well,".
"So that's why I'm working hard and maybe looking - not towards another position - but maybe another way I can help, and still play beside Stevie. Because I know him being in the team in that position, my chances will be limited."
"Besides Kenny [Dalglish], Stevie is considered one of the club's greatest players and he is still one of the best in Europe. He is our captain, a fantastic player and a fantastic person as well."
"He's our leader. So I just have to see if I can help in any way. Especially being here for so long, I want to be part of it."