Lucas Leiva’s start to the 2013-14 season was encouraging and there was a distinct possibility that he could be part of Brazil’s 23-man World Cup squad.
However, an injury in January pretty much dashed the Liverpool midfielder’s hopes of playing for the Selecao in his home country – a chance that does not come even once in a lifetime for many.
Although Lucas did return to fitness before the end of the season and contributed to the Reds’ second-place finish in the Premier League, he could not convince Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari to give him a chance.
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There have also been suggestions that Liverpool will be willing to let the 27-year-old leave this summer. The former Gremio midfielder has had mixed times at Anfield since his arrival at Merseyside in 2007, and some Reds fans have called for him to be moved on.
Whether that happens or not remains to be seen, but Lucas is already gearing up for next season. He posted the following video on his Instagram page with the message: ‘Treinando um pouco !!! #ferias #tentandomanteraforma #dificil Training a bit !!! #holidays #tryingtokeepfit #hard’
At 27, Lucas still has a few years to give to Liverpool. Although he is not guaranteed a place in manager Brendan Rodgers’ starting line-up, the Brazil international did show last season that he can make an impact when coming on a substitute.
If Lucas can stay fit and has a good pre-season, then he could prove himself to be one of the key players for Liverpool in their quest to win the Premier League title in 2014-15.