Lucas Leiva insists that he’s fully focused on Liverpool
In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, the Brazilian midfielder said that it was too early to set targets for this season and also spoke about his omission from Brazil’s World Cup squad for the World Cup.
Lucas Leiva missed eight weeks of Liverpool’s title charge last season with a knee injury sustained in January. With Steven Gerrard successfully filling Lucas Leiva’s boots in a holding midfield role during this period, there has been much speculation about the Brazilian’s future.
Lucas, however, speaking at a Dunkin’ Donuts event in Boston, is just focusing on pre-season and says he and his team-mates are concentrating on completing the perfect preparations.
“The main thing is that we’re getting back to fitness - that’s the main thing of the pre-season and try to enjoy the games,” said Lucas.
“It’s always the same talk at the beginning of the season.
“Expectations are so high it’s quite early to set targets and we just have to get a good pre-season and see how we work.”
Lucas was omitted from the Brazilian World Cup squad by Luiz Felipe Scolari after starting just three games following his knee injury.
“I know pretty much know the reason why I didn’t go to the World Cup - the last six months were not the best for me, I didn’t play as much as I would have liked to and that’s probably what cost me the World Cup place.
“Dunga is back, I played a lot of games with him and the Olympics in 2008, and at the moment I don’t really think about it.”
“I’m just thinking about the pre-season and to be fit, and then see how it will go,” completed the 27-year-old.