Friday’s Papers: Lucas robbed

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As Liverpool prepare for an ever-important Premier League clash at home to West Brom at Anfield tomorrow evening (17:30 Kick-off), we take a look at what the newspaper back pages are saying this Friday morning’¦

And we wake up with the unfortunate news that yet another Liverpool player’s home has been robbed and priceless memorabilia taken.

Lucas Leiva returned home after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Athletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night to find possessions including Brazil and Liverpool shirts as well as his Olympic Games bronze medal from the Beijing Olympics this year, gone.

Matthew Moore of The Telegraph writes:

He becomes the eighth Liverpool player to be burgled while in action on the pitch in the last two years. Police fear that organised gangs, who know when and where the stars are playing, use glossy magazine features and celebrity TV programmes featuring the players and their families to help locate their homes and cars.

Back on the football side of things, Nick Smith of the Liverpool Daily Post reports on Rafael Benitez’s confidence that striker Robbie Keane will still prove his £20million price tag, despite criticism over his low scoring record at the start of his career at the club.

Rafael Benitez is backing Robbie Keane to get the luck in front of goal that his hard work deserves. The Liverpool manager could be faced with a selection dilemma tomorrow if Fernando Torres declares himself fit for the Premier League visit of West Bromwich Albion.

However, Benitez feels Keane can’t be judged solely on goals and has no qualms about his contribution to the team.

‘œRobbie is working really hard,’ said the Spaniard following Keane’s removal for David Ngog 20 minutes from the end of the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid at Anfield on Wednesday. ‘œWith strikers, people talk about goals but sometimes it depends on luck, positioning and good delivery.

And Neil Ashton writes in The Guardian of the new Argentina manager Diego Maradona’s forthcoming trip to England, where he will meet up with Reds midfielder Javier Mascherano.

Mascherano is seen as a potential captain and Maradona, who has never been forgiven in England for his Hand of God goal en route to Argentina’s 1986 World Cup triumph, also wants to speak to Tevez about his limited role at United.

Liverpool vs West Brom at Anfield kicks off at 17.30. Stay tuned to This Is Anfield for more team news and how to watch the game on the internet.