Liverpool midfielder looks ahead to "massive" World Cup bid

Lucas Leiva

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is hoping his return from injury will help him back into the Brazil squad ahead of this summer's World Cup.

The 27-year-old anchorman in the Reds midfield has been out since mid-January having sustained a medial knee ligament injury against Aston Villa, but made his long-awaited return to action by playing 90 minutes for Liverpool Under-21's in a 2-0 win over West Ham United last week.

And now with his sights set on a return to the first team, the former Gremio man is eyeing up a place in Brazil's World Cup squad at this summer's World Cup, with a vital two months ahead for the midfielder.

"It was really good for me to get going again and try to improve my fitness," Lucas told Liverpool's website. "I was lucky that I wasn't out for a long time and I'm now looking forward to first-team action. I hope I'll be able to help the team again for the next 10 games because we know how important they are. I felt really good after the game and I'm looking forward to the next two months."

Liverpool have their ambition of winning the Premier League title still burning intently, and the return of Lucas will be a welcome addition to Brendan Rodgers' side, but whilst breaking into the top four is obviously important to Lucas, he is intent on catching Luiz Felipe Scolari's eye ahead of his squad announcement for the World Cup.

He said: "It's a massive two months for me, especially looking towards the World Cup at the end of the season as well, so I can't afford to miss many more games. I knew the injury wasn't too bad. I knew something happened but of course I was disappointed I wouldn't be able to make the last international game.

"When you are out of the international team and squad there is always someone else who will have a chance to impress. The competition for places in the Brazil squad is so big, so that's why I'm really confident that if I have a good two months ahead then I will have a chance to play at the World Cup. That would be like a dream for me -- playing for my country in Brazil."

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