Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has admitted to the club's official site that he is desperate for the chance to impress against Ausgburg on Thursday night so that he can prove to Jurgen Klopp that he is deserving of a place in the side for the Capital One Cup final.
The Brazilian was dropped to the bench for the first leg against the German side after missing the Reds' 6-0 thrashing of bottom club Aston Villa with a knock, and remained an unused substitute in the Europa League clash as other squad members got the chance to stake their claim.
The 29-year-old missed Liverpool's 2012 League Cup success after sustaining a season-ending injury in the quarter-final, and harbours a burning desire to finally play in a major final at Wembley.
He admitted that although most eyes will be on Sunday's meeting with Manchester City at Wembley, the second leg of the European last-32 clash on Thursday night is also crucially important for both the team and his own aspirations.
He told liverpoolfc.com: "Of course, on Sunday it is a big final, but this is another final for us on Thursday.
"For myself, if I’ve got a chance to play it’ll be another chance to show we want to be in the team for the final. This is an opportunity for us.
"But it’s an also an opportunity to go to the next round in a tournament we want to go as far as possible in. It’s a European tournament and they should always be taken really seriously."
Lucas is one of Liverpool's longest-serving players, having joined the club from Brazilian side Gremio nine years ago.
The midfielder has often been hampered by injury throughout his time on Merseyside but has still played over 300 times for the club.
Meanwhile, the Reds host Augsburg on Thursday night with the tie still level at 0-0 after a goalless first leg, before facing City on Sunday as they look to secure their first trophy in four years.