In comments published by ESPN, Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has been talking about the upcoming Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea and his return from a serious injury.
Lucas has been integral in the Reds’ fine recent form, his presence and contribution suggesting that any ongoing rumours regarding his future should be taken with a sizeable pinch of salt.
The Brazilian missed Liverpool’s 2012 final due to a sustained spell on the side-lines but he now gets the chance to hold the trophy aloft for himself, if he can inspire Brendan Rodgers’ side to two more victories in the competition.
Lucas’s return this season was timely and vital, and 2015 looks like being a good year at Anfield despite the club’s struggles in the early months of the campaign.
Speaking about the injury that robbed him of the chance to enjoy cup success and played such a big role in the following 18 months, Lucas said, “I had a few problems after the injury and it is probably now that I am feeling my best in terms of sharpness and the way I want to play.
“Now I feel myself again and how I felt before the injury, which was probably my best moment for the club.
“Hopefully we can have another good win at Chelsea like when I got the injury, but without the injury this time.”
Some players are silent superstars at their clubs and Lucas is one such player; a catalyst for so much of what Liverpool do well but one who is often overlooked by neutrals in favour of the headline-makers.
But Liverpool fans know what a great player he is and will be hoping this match against Chelsea is vastly different to the one still fresh in his memory from two years ago.