Roy Hodgson has praised Lucas Levia. The Brazilian was Liverpool's man of the match in Sunday's 2-0 win over Chelsea and Hodgson today paid tribute to his midfielder. "Lucas has been strong mentally and he needs to be because he is a good footballer, like many of the other players who are getting stick or will get stick," said the boss. "We don't have that many bad players here but it is a big arena to play in and people expect a lot from players. "Where Lucas has been strong is to put the criticism he has been receiving over the last couple of years behind him and get out and show he is a very good player. "I've always believed in him and to be fair my predecessor never doubted him, playing him on a regular basis, so he didn't give the criticism any credence either."