Lucas Leiva: 2012 was a 'difficult year' for me
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva says 2012 was a 'difficult year' for him as the Brazilian struggled with injuries.
The Seleção star had been sidelined since December 2011 with a cruciate ligament injury and was ruled out for a further few months after suffering a thigh injury on his comeback in August.
"2012 was a really difficult year for me having spent so much time out injured," he said. "In five years at Liverpool I didn't really have any problems at all.
"Then in the past year I had two serious injuries. But that's in the past and the positive thing for me is that I finished 2012 playing matches.
"I feel fit and strong and now I want to start 2013 in a good way by being involved and helping the team. I hope I can stay fit this year and play a lot of games.
"I'm really looking forward to it. With no more injuries, I'm hoping this will be a perfect year for me."
Lucas also urged fans to back manager Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool look to inject some consistency into their game in 2013.
"It's hard to explain why we have performed so much better in some games than others," he said.
"But we have to take the positives out of the recent run of matches. We have proved that we can perform and that we're able to win games.
"It's just a question of keeping our focus and approaching every game in that way.
"If we do that in the second half of the season then we will be in a better position. We have a lot of good players here.
"The reason so many players have committed themselves to the club is because they really believe we are improving and can take the club back to where it belongs."