Lucas all the wiser

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has revealed that the bigger challenges at Anfield have helped his progress as a player.

Lucas appears to be a first team choice for the Reds following Xabi Alonso’s departure to Real Madrid this summer and an impressive pre-season.

But he explained today how he has been met with ‘œdifficult moments’ following his move to England in 2007.

He said, “Back in Brazil everything seemed to progress perfectly from when I was a kid.

“I played well, scored goals and won titles – it was easy. When I moved to Liverpool it was suddenly different and I’ve had some difficult moments. However, these experiences can help me. They have made me stronger.

“I realised I had to be stronger. I’ve done plenty of work in pre-season so I’m better able to cope with the physical side of the game here.”

Lucas was called up to the Brazil squad last night for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Chile.