Lucas targeting Champions League with Liverpool

Lucas Leiva believes it is not out of the realm of possibility that Liverpool can still qualify for the Champions League, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The Brazil midfielder made his return from injury in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Premier League strugglers Southampton, having been injured in August’s draw with champions Manchester City. It was the second serious injury setback suffered by Lucas in less than a year, after damaging his cruciate ligaments in December 2011.

The Mirror claims that the presence of Lucas as Liverpool’s defensive shield meant captain Steven Gerrard could get forward with greater abandon, leading to Liverpool’s second successive home win – the first time in over a year they have managed two straight victories at Anfield.

Lucas was substituted with a couple of minutes to play and received a hearty reception from the home supporters, a start contrast from his early days on Merseyside and one which he hopes to repay by earning more positive results now he is fully fit.

Everyone knows it’s been a long journey for me to turn around the opinion of people, but they really appreciate the work I do for the team and the passion I have for the club.

It was a great day for me and I hope I have many more. Hopefully we will have a good run in December and January. If we can put together three or four wins in a row, we will be up there challenging for fourth place, maybe.

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