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Another Liverpool player burgled

 Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva (Photo by: David Davies/PA Wire)

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva has become the team's SEVENTH player to be burgled while he's on the pitch.

Thieves struck on Tuesday night while the midfielder was playing at Anfield, the team's home ground, in a Champions League match against Atletico Madrid.

The 21-year-old returned home to find an Olympic bronze medal he won in the summer, and a collection of football shirts, missing.

Merseyside Police were called to the house and are investigating the theft.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Peter Parry said: "Taken from the address was an amount of jewellery and some very distinctive football and sports memorabilia.

Steven Gerrard (Photo by: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)
Steven Gerrard's home was also burgled
"I'd ask members of the public to be on the look out in case they are offered such items for sale."

The Brazilian international is the latest in a long line of players to be targeted.

In the past 18 months, the homes of Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt, Pepe Reina, Daniel Agger and former players Peter Crouch and Jerzy Dudek have also been burgled.