Liverpool's Lucas Leiva has recieved much criticism from many areas of the media this season, with some claiming the 23-year-old Brazilian is not good enough. According to the latest Opta stats from the Premier League, the facts tell a different story.

Lucas is among the best tackler's and passer's in the division (only John Terry of Chelsea has a better pass accuracy), it may come as a surprise to many but not to the majority of Liverpool fans who watch him week in, week out.

Passers Team Passes Accuracy

Fabregas Arsenal 1615 80%

Mascherano Liverpool 1577 82%

Lucas Liverpool 1463 84%

Terry Chelsea 1454 88%

Huddlestone Tottenham 1424 80%

Tacklers Team Tackles Success rate

Mascherano Liverpool 127 83%

Thomas Wigan 127 76%

Palacios Tottenham 113 74%

Lucas Liverpool 111 67%

Muamba Bolton 101 66%