Leiva hopes that Brendan Rodgers signs Nigel de Jong

Lucas Leiva said that he would be elated if Brendan Rodgers would bring in Nigel de Jong from AC Milan. He believes if the Liverpool boss does manage to sign this player in the summer transfer then it would strengthen the team to a great extent. The Merseyside team is currently in the fourth place in the Barclays Premiere League and they are just 3 points adrift of Spurs who are determined to fight till the last match to get a Champions League opportunity next season.

INJURIES HIT LIVERPOOL

The manager of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, hopes that Lucas Leiva doesn’t miss games because of the injury that he discovered while representing the Reds in a league game against Aston Villa last weekend.

Leiva had not been included in the starting line up of Liverpool for that game. He came onto the pitch at the start of the second half and was looking in fine touch, but, with about 25 more minutes remaining in the game, he collided with one of the Villa players and injured his knee. He was not comfortable at all while leaving the ground and that led to the speculations that it might be another spell on the sidelines for him.

BELIEVE?

After a stunning first half to the season, there is a chance that Liverpool can win the first Premier league title in their history, but midfielder Lucas Leiva is more focused on qualifying for the Champions league above all else. Liverpool have not played in this competition for the last four years, which is a major disappointment for a club that has lifted the trophy five times. Liverpool are one of the prestigious clubs when it comes to the Champions League, but they have been without even the Europa league this season.

LIVERPOOL CAN DO IT

Liverpool have been backed to finish in the top four for the first time since 2009 by midfielder Lucas Leiva, who continues to be an important member of the team after joining the club in 2007. He was a signing made by former manager Rafa Benitez as a 20-year-old. Even though he struggled initially to win over fans, he has become an integral part of the team over the last few years. This has also led to the call-up to the Brazilian national team as well. Liverpool have made a great start to the Premier league campaign under Brendan Rodgers this season.

LUCAS BACKS GERRARD

Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva has praised his Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard by saying that he is the complete player he has ever seen. Steven Gerrard is regarded as one of the best English players to have graced the Premier league.

The 33-year-old recently played in a testimonial that was held to commemorate more than a decade of service for Liverpool. Lucas, who has managed to establish himself as one of the important players in the Liverpool team, has paid tribute to the England midfielder.

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SUAREZ SHOULD STAY

Brazil international Lucas Leiva has said that he wants striker Luiz Suarez to stay at Liverpool amidst reports that he is set to join Real Madrid before the end of the transfer window. Suarez has emerged as one of the sought-after players in the transfer window. Real Madrid are expected to appoint Carlo Ancelotti is the next manager following the departure of José Mourinho and he has reportedly set his sights on the Uruguay star, who has faced a barrage of problems since arriving to Liverpool a few years ago.

Suarez was the £ 24 million signing from Ajax, but he could command a transfer fee in the region of £ 40 million after two impressive seasons with the club. He could have easily finished as the top scorer in the Premier league last season had it not been for the suspension he received in the final few matches. It is a suspension that would extend into the new season as well. This is the second suspension he has received since arriving in England, which have prompted the striker to speculate a possible move away from the country.

Suarez recently claimed that it would be a dream move to Real Madrid, but Lucas is hoping that he stays at Anfield because he is very important to the club.

"Luis Suarez has influenced many matches for us, and is a player, if he leaves, who would be a great loss. It's been six years and I am very happy at Liverpool. If I fulfil my contract until the end, would be 11 years at Liverpool. Here in Europe I feel more complete than when I arrived at the club. I have evolved a lot with the coaches who have passed through here. The favourites to win the Premier League title are [Manchester] City, United, Chelsea, Arsenal and even Tottenham," said Lucas.

ONE OF THE BEST

The Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva has established himself as one of the important member within the Liverpool team, while his South American counterpart Luis Suarez has also been one of the best players in the Premier league as well.

The Uruguay striker has been linked with several clubs in the last few months. Suarez is currently top of the Premier league goalscoring charts, as he has 21 goals to his name. As a result, he is one of the contenders to win the PFA player of the year award this season. This has only served to intensify the rumours that the French club PSG will make a bid for the player.

Lucas, though, is extremely confident that his teammate will not have his head turned by the offers from other clubs. One of the major advantages of going to a club like PSG will be the ability to play in the Champions League. Liverpool have not been in this competition for a few years, and they are unlikely to qualify for the next season tournament as well. At 25 years of age, the striker would want to test himself at the top level of European football. PSG can also offer him substantial increase in his wages as well.

"After the season Luis is having I’m sure there will be a lot of speculation, that is bound to happen. At the end of the day it will be his decision and the club’s decision. But what I know from Luis is that he’s happy, he’s comfortable and his confidence is high. His desire is to see Liverpool progress and that is why he signed last summer," said Lucas Leiva. The striker has scored 25 goals for Liverpool in all competitions. The club are currently seventh in the Premier league table with 42 points.

LEIVA FEARED FOR CAREER

The Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has revealed that he feared for his career after suffering a number of injury problems in the last two years. After struggling to win over the Liverpool fans during the early part of his Liverpool career, Lucas Leiva has been one of the important players for Liverpool over the last couple of seasons. However, he has also suffered a number of injury problems during this period, which have limited the number of first-team appearances he has played. Liverpool have also struggled in his absence, while being unable to qualify for the Champions League.

The midfielder is expected to return to first-team action in the next few weeks, which will be a major boost for the team. Lucas has revealed that the first injury was extremely hard to take, but the second one left him absolutely shattered because he started questioning the fitness of his body. He has also said that at one stage he feared that his career may be over, despite being only 25 years of age. The Brazilian midfielder was voted as the fans player of the year 2011, but he has played very little football since then. He is hoping that he gets back to his best when he returns to the first-team in a few weeks time.

“My first injury was a huge blow, but the second simply left me shattered. Players can have muscle injuries after knee surgery but mine was not only severe but also happened in the other leg! It was hard to take. You couldn’t help questioning if there was something wrong with my body. The worst part was when the club doctors told me I was going to be out for three months. I didn’t expect to be sidelined for so long," said the Liverpool midfielder.

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