The fact, originally posted by @NateGuildea on Twitter, was then posted by The Sport Bible on Instagram.
SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay5
The Liverpool fan who posted the initial tweet described the fact about Lucas as “the greatest stat in the history of football”.
Really, though, this stat should concern Liverpool fans. Rodgers spent an awful lot of money this summer on players with little experience in top European competition.
Liverpool struggling under Rodgers
Even more worryingly for Rodgers and Liverpool, the club’s summer signings aren’t really doing the business in the Premier League, either.
The Reds haven’t won any of their previous four league fixtures and currently sit 13th in the table, having secured eight points from a possible 18.
Smalling has been magnificent
As for Smalling, the Manchester United defender has been one of the Red Devils’ most-improved players over the past 12 months.
Since his red card against rivals Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last November, the 25-year-old has looked a different player: composed, assured and convincing at the heart of United’s defence.
Now one of the first names on Louis van Gaal’s team-sheet, the England international is currently enjoying the best spell of his professional career.
In fact, Smalling has arguably been the best central defender in the Premier League so far this season.
Do Liverpool have any chance of finishing above Manchester United this season? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!