Liverpool midfielder Lucas praises new boss Rodgers
Ahead of the start of the new Premier League season, Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has shown his admiration for the style of incoming manager Brendan Rodgers.
Lucas, 25, who was riding on the crest of a wave until injury struck in December last year, hopes to quickly return to the kind of form that saw him regarded as one of the league's best in his position.
Speaking of his new manager, Lucas was full of praise for the incoming Rodgers' tactical outlook.
The midfielder told Lancenet!: "He is English, but with a different view on tactics than is usual here.
"He wants to maintain the ball, to control the game, and when you lose the ball, to press high. It has everything to produce a good season."
Having initially struggled in English football, Lucas is now in a position where he commands respect from around the continent for his work-ethic and improvement shown since arriving at Anfield.
"I have created an identity. I had great difficulty at first, I just wasn't physically prepared for the high-speed style of play," Lucas continued.
"I worked hard to change people's minds, I just stayed positive and never complained."