Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva feels ‘100% fit’ ahead of Arsenal clash

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva hands the Reds a fitness boost ahead of their clash against Arsenal

Lucas Leiva says he is feeling great again as the Liverpool midfielder eyes a starting spot against Arsenal at The Emirates on Saturday.

The Brazil international didn’t feature in a 2-1 defeat by Manchester United despite making a return to full training in the week leading up to the north-west derby.

Lucas hasn’t made an appearance for the Reds since the midfielder injured groin in the first half of their goalless stalemate with Everton in Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.

However, the 27-year-old declared that he is feeling 100 per cent fit ahead of Liverpool’s clash against third-placed Arsenal in north London.

“I feel great,” Lucas told Liverpool’s website.

“Leading up to the Manchester United game I had a full week of training as well, so it’s been two weeks of full training. I was available for the Manchester United game, but probably wasn’t able to play the whole game. Now I feel 100 per cent.

“Now it’s just a question of getting some minutes and training sessions, so that’s what I need and what I’m having. Leading into the Arsenal game that’s going to be good because I will have had three full weeks of training and I’m looking forward to it.”

Lucas was a key part of Liverpool’s upturn in fortunes after Brendan Rodgers restored the midfielder to his side for their 3-0 defeat by Manchester United.

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Although the Reds lost at Old Trafford, Lucas helped Liverpool put together an eight-game run before he suffered his thigh problem in a goalless draw with Everton.

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