Liverpool morning news, Rodgers praises Lucas Leiva's attitude

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this morning

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised the attitude of Lucas Leiva as the Brazilian midfielder attempts to get back into the starting XI.

Lucas has had to play second fiddle to Steven Gerrard who has reinvented himself in the defensive midfield role since the turn of the year.

Rodgers to the Liverpool Echo: “It’s been hard for him because he played a high percentage of the games when he was fit and obviously then he got his injury.

“The team has done really well in his absence. Steven in that role is a world class operator. He has taken to it really well.

“The difference now is that rather than playing with two defensive midfield players we are playing with one. There is more emphasis on the attacking element.

“But I have to pay homage to Lucas because he’s been first class with his attitude and his work.”

Goal appears to be linking several clubs, including Liverpool, with a possible move for Southampton’s Adam Lallana.

The report says that people close to him think the summer might be the right time for the 25-year-old to leave the club he has been at since the age of 12.

And Liverpool’s poor record in European football in recent years may come back to haunt them after it was revealed they will be drawn from pot three for the Champions League group stage for next season. This means they could face the winners of this season’s competition, and European giants such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Juventus.

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