Lucas Leiva: Liverpool can qualify for Europa League
Lucas Leiva believes Liverpool can qualify for the next round of the Europa League on Thursday against Zenit St Petersburg despite a two goal deficit.
Zenit took a 2-0 win in St Petersburg and will travel to Anfield knowing an away goal would virtually secure the tie.
But Lucas is confident that if they replicate their performance in Sunday's 5-0 thrashing of Swansea City, they can overcome the disadvantage.
"We know we still have to improve a lot, but this victory will give us the confidence going into Thursday to try to get through against Zenit," he told the Liverpool Echo.
"We started this week thinking it could be a really good week for us but then we had the defeat to West Brom and then the loss in the Europa League.
"It was difficult but the important thing is that we have finished the week off in a positive way by scoring five goals and keeping a clean sheet.
"If we play like that against Zenit we'll have a good chance. We are creating a lot of chances in matches, even in Russia we created a lot.
"If we do that again at Anfield and take them this time then we'll be able to get through to the next stage.
"We will go into the Zenit game with a positive and offensive mentality but knowing that if we concede it's going to be very hard.
"We have to defend well on Thursday because if we concede an away goal it will be very difficult for us."
Source: Liverpool FC