Lucas Leiva describes 2014 as a “massive year” as he targets a place in Felipão’s World Cup squad
Lucas Leiva has admitted 2014 is a “massive year” as Brazil host the World Cup, Liverpool attempt to win the Premier League and qualify for next seasons Champions League.
The Brazilian has suffered serious injury problems over the last three years but told the Liverpool Echo how excited he is about the year ahead now that he is fully fit.
“It’s a massive year for me. I’m really looking forward to what’s ahead. 2014 could be the confirmation of a lot of things for me. After my injuries I worked so hard every day to get back.
“We are having a great season so far and it’s nice to feel a real part of that. This year the challenge is to get Liverpool back where they belong.”
With the World Cup being hosted in his home country, Lucas, like every other Brazilian, is desperate to get in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s final squad.
“I think I have a chance to play in a World Cup. To be involved in the past few Brazil games has given me hope that I can achieve that, but it’s still not 100%.
The 27-year-old also has one eye on Brazil’s friendly against South Africa in March, his last chance to impress.
“That will be a big one for me. It’s the last game before the official squad is announced. If you are in that squad then you will have a big chance to go to the World Cup. But for now my focus is on Liverpool.”