Liverpool boss delighted with Brazilian star’s attitude after a serious injury

Lucas Leiva

Brendan Rodgers has been given a boost heading into the final stretch of the Premier League season with the return of Lucas Leiva.

The 27-year-old has missed out on action over the last eight weeks due to picking up a knee ligament injury – the same type of injury which made him miss the majority of the 2011/12 season.

It was a bitter blow for both the player and the club as the Brazilian midfielder was in outstanding form and gaining the recognition of national team coach Luis Felipe Scolari ahead of this summer’s World Cup in his native Brazil.

Before his injury, the defensive midfielder had been a regular starter for Brendan Rodgers’ side, making 17 Premier League starts. His defensive qualities were evident, as he made 74 tackles and 48 interceptions – figures that are still higher than any other player in the squad.

Liverpool’s form in his absence hasn’t deteriorated as such, as the form of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge has helped the Premier League’s top goalscorers simply power past their opponents. However, defensively, he has been missed as the Reds’ have tended to leak goals – especially on the road.

Reported by Sambafoot ahead of Liverpool’s North-West derby with reigning champions Manchester United, boss Brendan Rodgers couldn’t be more delighted with his midfielder’s attitude and commitment to make himself available between now and the end of the season.

He said: "We're fine - we've had Lucas Leiva and young Sakho back in.”

"It shows you the commitment of this squad. They had an opportunity to have a break, they'd been working very, very hard with the medical team, but they decided to stay and last Friday they travelled down themselves in a car to London to play in an Under-21s game."

"Make no mistake, they are very valuable players for us in our squad and, if they're called upon to play or come off the bench between now and the end of the season, of course we will use them. Lucas and Mamadou have got great commitment to what we're doing and we'll welcome them back into the squad."

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