Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva vows to be back to his best next season

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva vows to rediscover his best form next season after an injury-hit campaign at the Reds

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Lucas Leiva joined Liverpool from Gremio in 2007 Photo: Standard Chartered

Lucas Leiva has vowed to be back to his best next season after the Liverpool midfielder endured an injury-hit campaign.

The Brazilian has been ever-present in Brendan Rodgers’s starting line-up since December after returning from a thigh injury picked up in a 2-2 draw with Manchester City in August.

And the 26-year-old, who missed most of the 2011-12 campaign with a serious knee injury, is hoping to rediscover his best form that earned his the Liverpool fans’ player of the season award in 2010.

“I knew it was going to be a difficult season for me, coming back from a difficult injury,” he told Liverpool’s website.

“Unfortunately, I got another bad one at the beginning of the season. I think the balance was very positive because I played half of the season and in the last five or six games I really felt better.

“Next season is going to be an important one for me because I think I will be at the level I was before the injury.

“This season was positive because I could get through the injuries and the games. Of course I want to do better because we can always do better.”

Lucas also heaped praise on Jamie Carragher after the defender finished a 16-year career with a clean sheet following a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.

“We were more emotional than Carra probably. As he says, he’s not an emotional person but we can see what he’s done for the club,” he added.

“It’s just a dream for any player to achieve what he achieved for Liverpool. I hope I can get half of his achievements because I would be very proud.

“On a daily basis you can see his passion. Every day he is a warrior and a fighter – he doesn’t like to lose anything. That shows the character that he has. He is a symbol of the club.”

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