Lucas on regaining Liverpool place: my best years are still to come

The former Gremio star is determined to win back a regular role in Brendan Rodgers' side.

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has had a difficult season so far this year under Brendan Rodgers.

With just three Premier League appearances to his name, and none since the game with West Brom nearly two months ago, it isn't surprising to hear that Lucas is vowing to give his all in an effort to win back his Anfield place.

Though the likes of Emre Can and Adam Lallana have arrived on Merseyside this summer, it is captain Steven Gerrard that has kept the Brazil international on the sidelines this year. However, Gerrard's struggles in that deeper midfield role in recent weeks mean that the somewhat surprising fact that Lucas hasn't been utilised as an alternative may be about to be rectified by the Liverpool boss.

“It has been very hard,” the Brazilian said of his struggles to get back in the Reds side.

“Apart from my first two seasons at Liverpool, I have probably played most of the time. I work to play but I haven’t been playing much.

“I am 27 now and my best years are still to come. The day that I walk into Melwood and feel okay about not playing something is wrong and probably I would have to change things around. I am not the type of person who just wants to collect his money. It is not me and has never been me.

“Of course I am not happy not to be playing. When you play, you feel that you can help the team and you feel better. 

“I just have to try to take my chances - like the Real Madrid game - and although Ludogorets wasn’t a brilliant performance in terms of possession of the ball I helped the team defend.”

With Gerrard starting further forward against Ludogorets, and Lucas coming into the side, the 27-year-old may be forgiven for hoping that manager Brendan Rodgers is willing to continue with that lineup against Stoke. 

And if that sees a return to winning ways for the Anfield club, and an improvement in the defensive side of their game, expect to see a regular role for the player.

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