Liverpool‘s Lucas Leiva is considered to be a bit of an unsung hero at Anfield due to the integral services he provides in the middle of the park. The Brazilian midfielder is tenacious when it comes to breaking-up play, and puts in the leg work so the likes of Philippe Coutinho don’t have to.

But I often feel that Leiva’s vitality to the Reds often goes unnoticed – he’s currently the only holding midfielder that the Reds can boast, and without him, defensive duties in the middle of the park have to be taken up by Steven Gerrard, which is a waste of the England international’s talents going forward.

With a disturbing gap in Brendan Rodgers’ squad depth now identified, we’ve compiled a list of FIVE tough-tackling, tenacious and physical midfielders who could be snapped up during the January transfer window to significantly improve the Premier League outfit’s squad.

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Alex Song