Liverpool media round-up: Rodgers suggests Lucas will stay, Skrtel says Reds can compete with anyone

Lucas Leiva

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said he expects Lucas Leiva to still be at Anfield by the time the transfer window shuts next Tuesday, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Lucas has been strongly linked with a loan move away from the Reds having been omitted from the squad entirely for the first two games of the season but was handed a start for the 0-0 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last night. 

Speaking to reporters after the game, Rodgers was asked about the Brazilian's future, and he said: “Lucas is our best defensive midfield player we have. There are games in which I will pay three midfield players and not always want a specific defensive one.

“But when we do need that, he's the best that we have.

“He came in at Arsenal and did a great job, and is very much part of what we want to do.

“Of course, every player wants to play every minute of every game and you can never guarantee that as a manager.

“But he is certainly very important to what we want to do, and is highly respected by myself, the coaching staff and the players.”

Despite not being able to find a breakthrough - with Philippe Coutinho hitting the woodwork twice and Petr Cech denying the Reds with a string of fine saves - the feeling is pretty positive surrounding Liverpool having kept their third clean sheet in as many games.

Martin Skrtel told the Liverpool Echo that last night's performance was a sign the Reds can compete home and away with any side in the league. 

The result means that Liverpool have taken seven points from their opening three games, including four points on the road from what looked like a treacherous start to the season on the road, but the Reds have managed to keep out all three sides they've faced so far.

The Slovakian defender said: “It’s always difficult to come to places like this but we arrived with confidence after two wins. We wanted to get something to keep the run going and I think we can be happy with the way we played.

“We showed we can compete with anyone in this league, whether it’s away or home. We just have to keep going and keep building on this run.”

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