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.

LEIVA RETURNS

The Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva has handed a huge boost to the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers after returning to training following several weeks out with an injury.

The 25-year-old Brazilian has become one of the integral parts of the Liverpool team over the last few seasons. He has not only been able to break up play, but he has also been instrumental in starting the attacks by playing as a defensive midfielder. He was one of the best players for the Liverpool team under the ill-fated Kenny Dalglish era. Rodgers was hoping to have the player on a regular basis this season.

However, he recently was injured once again and a medical staff put his recovery time at 12 weeks. Now, he has just returned from his injury problems and is expected to be back in to first-team action shortly. The player has made just four appearances this season after suffering a thigh injury during the early part of the campaign. He has not played for the club as the 2-2 draw with Manchester City back in August. The 25-year-old has said that his delighted to be back into full training, while the sentiment was also echoed by the manager ahead of the match with Wigan.

“Lucas has worked tirelessly in his rehabilitation, so he comes back out on to the field in a good moment. He won’t be ready to play for the weekend, but certainly over the next couple of weeks he’ll be very close,” said Brendan Rodgers. "Happy to be back and feeling good. Just get some more training session and I hope I will be available soon," said Lucas Leiva on his return from injury. Liverpool certainly need the services of Lucas badly after they are struggling in the bottom half of the table in the 12th position.

LIVERPOOL WILL MISS LUCAS

The manager of Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, has said that Lucas Leiva’s injury is not good news for the team and the midfielder’s absence would certainly disturb the team combination. Leiva had injured himself in the match against Manchester City a few days back.

The injury was quite severe and he looked in a lot of pain. According to the medical reports, Leiva might have to go through a surgery and in case of surgery; he would have to be out of the team for the next three months. This is the second big injury that Leiva has discovered in the last 10 months. In November last year, he had injured his knee which kept him out of the game for 7 months.

Rodgers said that it’s pretty disappointing for Leiva to get injured again. He had recovered from his knee injury after working so hard and now, he has got another blow. He would have been gutted at this point of time. But, he has got great temperament and hopefully, he would get rid of this injury pretty soon. On being asked whether Leiva needs a surgery or not, Rodgers said that nothing can be speculated at the moment. Leiva would take the advice of a specialist and then, anything would be decided regarding his surgery.

In the match in which Leiva got injured, Liverpool gave a tough fight to Manchester City and didn’t let the Premier League Champions secure a victory. Both the teams scored two goals each and the match ended in a draw. Luis Suarez and Martin Skrtel scored the two goals for Liverpool. On being asked about the performance of Liverpool in the match, Rodgers said that the team could have won the match, but, the players lost a few chances in the second half and allowed City to comeback in the match. Hopefully, the players would have learnt from their mistakes and would not repeat these mistakes in the further matches.

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SHELVEY IS IMPORTANT

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has said that he expects the youngster Jonjo Shelvey to become an important member of the Liverpool squad in the next few years. The former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish was instrumental in bringing Jonjo Shelvey into the first-team action. He was signed from Charlton athletic for just £ 1 million. Even though he has not been of a great influence in the first full season with the club, the Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva expects him to be instrumental in Liverpool's success in the next few seasons. Lucas Leiva experienced mixed reviews during his initial few seasons as a Liverpool player, but he has grown into a vital component.

He was extremely influential under Kenny Dalglish so much so that Liverpool were experiencing relegation form without the Brazilian international in the second half of the season. He has now successfully recovered from the anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered in the Carling cup match against Chelsea last season. Jonjo Shelvey has had a relatively quiet start to his Anfield career after he has made just 16 appearances and scored only two goals last season. Yet, Lucas Leiva has seen enough in the youngster to suggest that he might become a great player one-day.

"Jonjo is a young player, but he’s been with us for two or three seasons so we have seen every day he has a lot of quality and I think he will be a very good player for this club. He has been very impressive in pre-season and I am looking forward to helping him when he wants me to. Hopefully he will be a great addition this season. My advice to him would be just to keep working hard and when he gets a chance, to try and take it," said Lucas Leiva while on the pre-season tour.

LUCAS WANTS FIRST TEAM FOOTBALL

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has said that he is looking to return to the first-team action as soon as possible. The Brazilian midfielder has been absent from the first-team in the second half of the season. He has been a major miss for Liverpool and Kenny Dalglish in the hopes of finishing in the top four, which would have provided them the opportunity to take part in the Champions League after two seasons without the top-level European football. However, it has been recently revealed that Lucas Leiva is close to returning to full fitness, which will allow him to take part in the pre-season tour for Liverpool.

Lucas Leiva was injured in a league cup match with Chelsea back in December. He has been recuperating from the injury for the last six months. He has recently revealed that he is close to returning to full fitness. Even though he has been criticised by the Liverpool fans in the past, Lucas Leiva was extremely influential in the Liverpool team during the first half of the campaign. The Brazil international was a £ 5 million signing by Rafael Benitez back in 2007. He has made more than 120 appearances for the club in the last few seasons.

"I'm in the final stage of my recovery. I've been recovering for six months. I am currently in the physical stage, aiming to be back for pre-season, so that I can be back on the pitch as soon as possible," said Lucas Leiva in an interview given to the Liverpool news website. The 25-year-old is once again expected to be a key member of the Liverpool team especially given that the fitness of Steven Gerrard is once again likely to be a major issue. The 32-year-old is coming to the end of his glittering career.

RONALDO DESERVES WORLD AWARD

Jose Mourinho has declared that his star man, Cristiano Ronaldo, is more worthy of the World Player of the year award for 2012 than Lionel Messi. Messi has won the award the last three years, but Mourinho has tipped Ronaldo as more deserving of the title when it is next awarded.

Mourinho’s claims are based around the impact that Ronaldo has had on Real’s La Liga success this year. Despite Messi outscoring Ronaldo, the argument goes that scoring 46 league goals in a team that won the title should be enough to win the Ballon d’Or award. His impact was enough to guide Real to the league title, whereas Barca and Messi finished a distant second and their only hope of silverware in 2012 comes in the Copa Del Rey final next week.

The Special One declared that “Cristiano has to win the Ballon d’Or, not because he has been the top goalscorer, he was that already last season, but because his goals have delivered a title.”

He went on to claim that Messi’s 50 goals, as with Ronaldo’s 42 last year(when he won the top scorer award), “weren’t worth anything” as they did not contribute towards a league title. His argument has ground in that Ronaldo was indeed top scorer in La Liga last season, and outscored Messi in all competitions too. Yet it was Messi who ran out with the Ballon d’Or, in a season that he and Barca picked up the La Liga and Champions Leageu titles.

Mourinho himself has now won seven league titles in four different countries. He believes that this season’s efforts have been the finest achievement of his career to date. With Spain seen as having Europe’s top two sides at the moment, as well as the world’s top two players it is understandable why. To overcome Barca must make any victory ever sweeter.

LUCAS HAS ANKLE SURGERY

After being confirmed to be out of action until the end of the season, Lucas Leiva has undergone an ankle surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament damage he sustained during the match against Chelsea.

Lucas played in the 2-0 win over Chelsea, but he sustained a horrible injury in the process. Despite making into the Carling cup semi finals following the win, one can certainly be confident that Kenny Dalglish would have not played him in hindsight. He has been praising Lucas Leiva lot in recent weeks by saying that the recent form of Liverpool has to be attributed to the Brazilian.

He seems to have come of age of late after performing poorly under the reign of Rafa Benitez. Further, the departure of Mascherano to Barcelona also seems to have helped his cause. The regular run of games that he now gets in the midfield has been one of the main reasons for Liverpool to not feel the absence of Steven Gerrard in recent weeks. However, the injury that he sustained in the match against Chelsea is a crucial one and it will rule him out for the season. Liverpool confirmed that the Brazilian had indeed undergone a surgery and will be starting his recuperation period immediately.

"Liverpool confirmed this afternoon that Lucas had successfully undergone surgery in Brazil on the Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury he sustained at Chelsea last week. LFC medical staff were present during the procedure. Lucas will now begin an agreed rehabilitation programme which will be overseen by the Club's medical team," read a statement on Liverpool's official website. A number of his teammates have been tweeting about the fact that they will be missing him for the next few months, which will be crucial because Liverpool need to qualify for the Champions League.

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