Lucas Leiva: It’s been tough to watch Liverpool struggle
Injured Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva admits it's been frustrating watching the Reds struggle from the sidelines
Lucas Leiva has admitted it’s been frustrating watching Liverpool struggle in recent months after the midfielder suffered a season-ending injury back in November.
The 25-year-old has been sidelined with a serious knee injury picked up in Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Carling Cup last year.
The Brazil international has been a noticeable absentee from Kenny Dalglish’s first-team after having become an integral part the Reds starting line-up over the past two seasons.
“At the home games, I am always involved. I haven’t missed one. It’s important,” said Lucas.
“On a daily basis here at Melwood, I think it’s important to be around and try to send my teammates a positive message and help in anyway I can – and I am always there at Anfield to support them.
“It’s my first injury since I came to Liverpool, so it’s a bit frustrating because I would like to be on the pitch and help my teammates.”
Lucas, who moved to the Reds in a £6m deal from Grêmio in 2006, has made 183 appearances for the Anfield outfit, and the defensive midfielder is confident of adding to that tally next season with his recovery going smoothly.
“It’s going well. The knee has responded very well after surgery,” he added.
“There’s still a long way to go, but everything is going as planned and the doctors are very happy with my progress.”