Liverpool coach on what Lucas Leiva has provided to younger players

Lucas Leiva

The Liverpool midfielder has been praised by the club's coach for the under-21's

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has been passing on advice to the Reds' stars for the future according to the club's under-21's coach Michael Beale.

Lucas has been sidelined for just over a month with a groin injury, though he made his return to the first team setup as an unused substitute in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at the weekend.

With the midfielder not selected for his country because of the injury, he has been at Melwood with a lot of the younger players who have joined the remainder of the first team players, and Lucas has been passing on advice to the younger players.

Beale told the Liverpool website: "He knows a few of the boys; he gets on really well with Jordan Williams and the Spanish boys like [Pedro] Chirivella and [Sergi] Canos, he helps them along.

"He played for us last year along with [Mamadou] Sakho away at West Ham and he was outstanding. He trained for three or four days beforehand. He obviously wants to get his fitness to get back in the team and play an important part."

Lucas has played an important role when he's been fit for the Reds this season, but it is easy to forget that he is among the most experienced members of the squad.

He arrived at the club in the summer of 2007, so he will have clocked up eight years at the club this term. That experience could prove crucial when it comes to bringing through the younger players.

In the summer, and midway through the season, there were strong rumours he may leave the club, with Liverpool said to be open to offers for the player but now it would seem a silly decision to let him go for both his qualities on the pitch, and his experience.

If younger players respond to him, it's another reason for Liverpool to keep hold of one of their more steely midfielders.

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