Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is now struggling to make his way into the Brazil 2014 squad after being starved of first-team action at Liverpool. Under the last few managers, Lucas has been a regular first-team player. He seemed to form an impeccable partnership with Steven Gerrard in the centre of midfield. However, Brendan Rodgers has brought about a significant change to the way Liverpool have been playing this season. The likes of fast players like Coutinho and Jordan Henderson have been preferred in the centre of the park, while Gerrard himself has had to play a defensive role.
Luiz Felipe Scolari’s are going through an unbeaten streak as they have claimed consecutive triumphs victories against Japan, Mexico, Italy, Uruguay, Spain and South Africa as some of their latest fixtures of friendly matches and FIFA Confederations Cup.
Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva has not been featured in any of those matches as Scolari is taking more into consideration the younger players with Barcelona’s Neymar being one of the prominent figures which the team will be built around for the upcoming World Cup.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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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.