Published On: Thu, Mar 7th, 2013

Liverpool boss believes midfielder will improve

Brendan Rodgers has expressed his belief that Lucas Leiva will go from strength to strength for Liverpool having overcome two serious injury setbacks.

The Brazilian damaged knee ligaments in a League Cup tie with Chelsea back in November 2011, and after eight months out picked up a thigh injury against Manchester City in August.

Despite the setbacks, the Kop favourite has rediscovered some of the form that saw him become a favourite with the Liverpool faithful having been the so called ‘boo boy’ for many years previously.

Important

Rodgers has been delighted with the midfielder’s progress so far but feels the fans may have to wait until next season to see the Brazilian back at his very best.

The Reds boss told the Liverpool Echo, as reported by the club’s official website “I’ve been delighted with Lucas.

“We were very wary of the fact he had had a serious knee injury last season, and then obviously another problem on top of that this season.

“It was important for the team to get him back, but it was important for him that we did so at the right pace and that we paced his recovery right.

“It is a big credit to him as a professional. He has worked so hard, and his attitude and his application has been first class.

“He deserves every praise for the way he has conducted himself.

“I still believe, having worked with these kind of injuries in the past, that it won’t be until the summer, and beyond even, that we see him back at full level.”

Rodgers’ Liverpool are currently seventh in the Premier League table and it looks like they will launch a late claim to qualify for the Europa League.

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