Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva still hopeful of Brazil recall
Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva has admitted he is still hopeful of returning to the Brazil national team despite a two-year absence.
The 26-year-old held down a starting berth for a considerable period under Mano Mezezes, including during the 2011 Copa America,
However, a severe cruciate injury to his left knee in December 2011 stalled Lucas’ international career and he has since missed the Confederations Cup under new coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
But the midfielder is now back on the road to recovery with the Reds and is hoping to reclaim his place in the Seleção squad.
"Of course I think about that and it upsets me," Leiva told FIFA.com. "I think to myself: I was so much part of the Seleção – I seemed to be guaranteed a berth.
"Naturally the injury affected that process, but I don’t want to give up as I’ve always been clear that this is something I want to achieve in my career.
"Anyone who has been part of the national team always wants to go back. It’s such a great thing.
"I know the nucleus of the team is pretty much there and the chances of breaking into the side are slim.
"That said I’m still hopeful I’ll get another opportunity at least, especially if I can help Liverpool have a good campaign. I know it will be difficult, but I’ll keep on believing."