Lucas Leiva: Liverpool can win Champions League again
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva insists that he sees no reason why the club cannot win the Champions League again within the next five years.
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Lucas, 25, joined the Anfield side in 2007 and is yet to win a trophy with the club, having missed out on last season's Carling Cup win through injury.
The Brazilian, who is once more in the process of returning from time on the sidelines, believes that the quality of players committing to the club indicates that they will challenge in the years to come.
"In five years I can see us achieving a lot of things," Lucas told a forum of Liverpool fansites. "The last three or four years have been very difficult, it's a difficult moment, but we'll start to achieve.
"Why not? We have to have that dream (winning the league) in mind. Everyone here is working to do that one day. We know at the moment it's not possible.
"But if you see players like Suarez and Daniel Agger signing new deals and committing themselves to this club, it just shows how much these players believe.
"I don't think anybody would want to stay at a club they really don't believe can win anything, especially foreign players, because if you are so away from your house, your family, you want it to be a great career away.
"In five years, I just hope we can be winning the league and maybe the Champions League. Why not? We have to believe that. This club has already showed many people what we're capable of doing. Why can we not get back?"
Regarding a return to first-team action, slated for November, Lucas was non-committal: "I've just got to try and be positive.
There is nothing I can do, just try to get right again and not rush, be with the family and try to be strong. It's important not to rush, to get back when I really feel able to play 100 per cent."