Liverpool's Lucas Leiva urges the side to get off to a strong start

Lucas wants a positive start to the season for the Reds so they can improve on their poor showing in the last campaign.

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has told the club's website that it's essential they start the season well in order to be in a good position to meet their objectives come the second half of the season. 

The Brazilian feels that last season the start ultimately cost the Reds - given they were 13th in the Premier League by mid-November, and has suggested they need some positive results from their difficult games away from home at the start of next season. 

Liverpool open up the season with a trip to the Britannia Stadium, where they were thumped 6-1 by Stoke City on the final day of the season and then play all of the five sides that finished above them in the league table last season, as well as making the short journey to Goodison Park in the meantime. If their start isn't the best, the season could have a miserable look to it by November.

Lucas told the official Liverpool website: "I think the important thing for us is to start the season well, we didn't last year, which cost us probably.

"The second part of the season we played well and we won a lot of games but the beginning of the season wasn't good enough. With the new signings as well, it's always exciting but we just need to see how the group develops in pre-season and start on the front foot.

"Our first seven away games are hard and we will have to start well otherwise by December we won't be in a good position."

If the Reds can manage around two points per game going into the second half of the season, they would be firmly on course for a shot at the top four, and with their customary good run of form that comes around January/February time, the start could certainly be a good foundation for the season to come. 

An improvement is essential for manager Brendan Rodgers who is under pressure after last season's sixth-place finish, with no trophies to show for their efforts. 

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