Liverpool's Lucas Leiva close to full fitness
Liverpool's Lucas Leiva has admitted that he is still not fully fit but claims that he is feeling sharper with every match.
The midfielder was ruled out for a year with successive injuries and has just returned from a thigh injury sustained against Manchester City in August.
"After a long time out and two difficult injuries, I'm just very happy to be back," Lucas told Liverpool's official website.
"I'm still progressing in terms of fitness, confidence and strength but I will get there again. I just need to be patient and when I get back to 100 per cent fitness and the level I was at before, the better it will be for myself and the team.
"In terms of fitness, I'm very close to being 100 per cent but it's just a question of time and games, to be honest. It's very hard to predict how long it will take to get back to my best but I can see an improvement every week, especially in the training sessions.
"I'm starting to feel sharper and better every day so I try to take that into the games. It's important to play well at this crucial time over Christmas, especially because we have a lot of games."