Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has backed his summer signings to come good in the same way midfielder Lucas Leiva has emerged as a key performer this season.
The Brazil international was one of the club's most derided players of recent seasons after suffering a couple of years of unfair criticism.
"Lucas is a young player and I have to keep being reminded he is not that old and does not have that much experience," said the Reds boss.
"People clearly marked my card as regards to many players and when I came I knew there was a prejudice against him.
"I have got to say I don't see what people really found to criticise in him.
"I can only judge as I find and I find him very hard working, a very diligent player who works hard on his understanding of the game and team performances."