Liverpool midfielder hails ‘one of the best two weeks of my life’ while Zidane defends Gerrard

A select round-up of morning news relating to Liverpool

Another impressive performance from Liverpool on Saturday saw them win 4-1 at home to West Bromwich Albion, and reclaim second spot as a result.

Speaking to the club’s official website after the match, Lucas Leiva revealed he has experienced an unforgettable fortnight both on the pitch and off it.

It’s probably been one of the best two weeks of my life,” the midfielder said.

I played for Brazil after two years and became a dad again, and now I’ve won for Liverpool and received another call for Brazil.”

Not a bad few weeks for a man whose work often goes unnoticed, and yet is vital for a team continuing to impress.

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In transfer news, the Daily Star Sunday reports that AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy is a target for Brendan Rodgers.

The story claims sources on the continent have linked the Reds with a swoop for a player who is also believed to be attracting interest from many of their Premier League rivals; although surely a move would depend on the long-term future of Luis Suarez.

And finally, Zinedine Zidane has had his say on Sir Alex Ferguson’s opinion of Steven Gerrard. The French legend spoke out after the former Manchester United boss said Gerrard had never been “a top, top player”.

But in quotes published by the Mirror, Zidane said, “For two or three years, Steven Gerrard was the best midfield player in the world. Even now he is playing at a high level for Liverpool and England.

Alex Ferguson is obviously one of the most successful coaches the game has ever had. But I did find his comments about Steven Gerrard very strange. To say he is not a top player is wrong.”

And that is coming from one of the best there has ever been…

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