Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has explained how he intends to keep midfielder Lucas Leiva involved during his three months on the sidelines with a thigh injury.
The Brazilian returned from cruciate knee ligament damage suffered last December ahead of schedule this summer. Only to suffer a setback by picking up a rare type of injury against Manchester City.
“We’ll keep his spirits up” explained the Reds boss. “We’ll use him to go and look at some games for me, because he’s tactically very good, he’s someone that i’ll get to go with my analyst and look at some games to make sure that tactically he stays ‘in the game’ – because that’s important.”
“We now know that his knee is strong and he can keep working on that and hopefully when we get him back he’ll have benefited from all the work and come back a better player.”
Rodgers said that Lucas’ injury was “bitterly disappointing” as he is a player who “understands totally what I’m trying to implement [tactically].”
“He’s one of the disciples I would say, he understands totally what we’re doing”.
Rodgers was speaking to This Is Anfield and other LFC fansites. We’ll have more from the boss coming soon.