Lucas eager to contribute upon Liverpool return

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is eager to recapture his pre-injury form after returning to full fitness in time for the end of the Premier League season, the Independent has reported.

Lucas was a regular under Brendan Rodgers between November and February as the Reds picked up 48 points from a possible 57 but suffered a groin injury in the goalless draw with Everton at Goodison Park.

The Brazil international was fit enough to be named as a substitute in Liverpool’s 2-1 home defeat against Manchester United immediately before the league broke for internationals and after captain Steven Gerrard was sent off in that game – dismissed barely half-a-minute after coming on as a second half substitute – Lucas is hoping to get the chance to fill in for the skipper.

“I was in a very good moment, probably the best moment in the last couple of years, and I had a good run of games,” he said as he reflected on his injury blow. “The beginning of the season wasn’t good for me because I couldn’t play much, but as soon as I got back in the team I think I helped a lot.

“I don’t know if [Gerrard’s] suspension will change things because the team were playing well, but I need to be ready and there are a lot of games to play and the FA Cup as well, so everyone will be needed,” Lucas continued. “I need to be ready and if I get a chance again I need to be at the same level I was before I was injured.”

Lucas has been a Liverpool player since a 2007 move from Gremio, the only other club he has represented in his career. The 28-year-old has played 268 times for Liverpool, scoring six goals, and has 24 caps for his country to his name.

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