Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva understands new roleLucas looking for new role
Brazilian Lucas Leiva has discussed his new role in the Liverpool team and admitted he understands why he has been forced to readjust to a different position.
Steven Gerrard has played in Lucas Leiva’s usual defensive midfield role this season and been nothing short of a revelation.
When the Brazilian returned from injury in January, he revealed what the Reds manager Brendan Rodgers told him.
Lucas Leiva told the Daily Star: "I sat down in January with the manager, where he explained that he wanted to use Stevie as a holding player and me on the side of the three midfielders or the diamond.
“I had to readjust. It's something I feel comfortable with.
"Of course, as much as you play you feel even more comfortable. You know you can help more. Football is like that.
Although Gerrard made a fatal error against Chelsea last weekend, the Brazilian international believes there is no point trying to oust the Liverpool captain.
Instead Lucas Leiva aims to find a way of playing alongst Gerrard and helping him again.
He added: "The team is doing so well and it is difficult for the manager to change things. You understand that. "
"I know Stevie is playing in my position and doing very, very well.
"So that's why I'm working hard and maybe looking - not towards another position - but maybe another way I can help, and still play beside Stevie. Because I know him being in the team in that position, my chances will be limited."