|Desc||Lucas is the man who came closest to Henderson, playing 184 times in the Premier League since January 2010 (and more than 240 times in total for the Reds). And the Brazilian remains a popular figure both with Jurgen Klopp and with Liverpool fans, despite leaving for Lazio in 2017. His time at Anfield this decade saw him play under Benitez, Klopp, Kenny Dalglish and Roy Hodgson, and his top-flight minutes were supplemented by a spot in the matchday squad for the 2016 Europa League final|
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2008 05 05 Retrieve
[Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has lavished praise on fellow summer signing Fernando Torres as his sensational debut season continues] Torres is improving all of the time. He’s getting better and better and he’s very important to the team. With Torres on the pitch you know you’ve always got a good chance to score a goal and that’s important for the confidence of the team, to know that he is there. He doesn’t miss many chances and he’s had a great season. Hopefully we will score as many or more goals next season and we can get closer to the title. It was important to win, especially with it being the last game in front of our fans. We’d like to be closer to the title, but we’ve had a good season. We’ve only lost once at Anfield in the league, but I think the draws have been key. We have been on a great run, winning a lot of games recently, and we need to keep going and try to finish with a win against Tottenham
[The Brazilian believes Nando is not the only one improving, as he is satisfied with his own contribution and rate of progression in his first season at Anfield] I was pleased to start today. Today was my 31st appearance and I think I am improving all of the time. It was really difficult to lose the semi-final, especially because we played well, but we need to forget that now and think about next season. We cannot change what’s happened now and we just need to try to finish this season well with a win against Tottenham.
2020 02 05 Retrieve
[Lucas Leiva believes it is only a matter of time before Roberto Firmino breaks his record] Firmino will pass [my games record] easily, as he is playing over 50 games a year. I’m happy with that as he is an incredible guy
[In joining Liverpool from Gremio in 2007, Lucas found the period of adjustment to being in England quite challenging] It was really difficult at the beginning in Liverpool. It was a slow adaptation, luckily there was a lot of Spanish players playing for Liverpool, my manager, Rafa Benítez was Spanish too, so their Latin personality helped me a lot as I didn’t speak English at the time. My first and second years were really hard, at times I thought it wasn’t going to work out, but slowly things changed, I started accomplishing things. I was adapting myself. After learning the language you feel better not only in the club but also in the city
2020 05 10 Retrieve
[Former Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva says he and his team-mates were never in doubt that Trent Alexander-Arnold would become one of the world’s best players] Well, I remember a few moments of Trent. I remember he came with us to play in a friendly game and I think he was 16. He was very shy and Brendan [Rodgers] was in charge. I remember he wasn’t comfortable but we could see he was at a different level, I would say, for his age, his quality on the ball. So after he started to train with us in the first team he waited patiently, but we were sure that he would be a Liverpool player and he would be one of the best players in the world. I was sure because you just could see on a daily basis how many qualities he had, his crosses and his passing. He is just a complete full-back
Of course, he still has to improve a lot but he’s already done amazing seasons. I think the last two seasons he has been a star player. Trent is a good boy, he’s a Liverpool boy and we can see how much he enjoys playing for Liverpool. I always try to help the young players – I think it’s important to make them feel comfortable and after it’s up to them to learn and improve.
2020 05 11 Retrieve
[Lucas Leiva has no regrets over Liverpool exit after growing unhappy at Anfield] The year after I left, we lost in the [Champions League] final. I met the boys here in Rome [for the 2018 semi-final]. But, of course, [to win it] I was really happy, to be honest. My son, my family, we are Liverpool fans now. It’s a great achievement and I’m just really happy because so many people there I am still in touch with and still care a lot about. Of course, you always think, ‘Had I waited one more year … ‘ but, to be honest, I wasn’t happy. When you are not happy it makes no sense so, to be honest, it’s better I see Liverpool winning and I’m happy as well playing. As a fan I’m really happy. Of course, I would like to have won it but I won it as a fan, let’s say
I learned a lot with him, a lot. I played centre-back; I wouldn’t say I wasn’t happy but it’s not my position, but I learned when you work hard you have to be patient, something that my career at Liverpool was always like this – patience, keep proving, keep going and don’t give up. With Jurgen it was always the same. He treated me with respect, and especially when it was the time for me to move on and he was really good. He gave me confidence and the freedom to choose to move to Italy. We are still in touch. We send messages. I learned a lot and he’s a guy that is very open, very honest and that’s really important as well