Lucas happy with Reds form

Saturday’s 5-0 win over was the 16th successive Premier League
match they have scored in – the best run in the top flight – and
made it seven points from their last three matches. While rivals
appear to be faltering as the season draws to a close, the Reds are
rejuvenated and fifth place remains well within their grasp. Since
Dalglish replaced Roy Hodgson in early January the team have taken
28 points out of 42 and the strides they have made in the league
have been considerable. Prior to Manchester City’s match at
Blackburn, the Reds had reduced the deficit between themselves and
Roberto Mancini’s side from 17 points to just four, and with
Tottenham the gap is down from 11 to three. Those statistics point
to the underlying change in fortune which has occurred under the
60-year-old Scot and the style of the win over Birmingham, which
was probably the most complete team display seen for two seasons.
It is why Lucas, who has excelled in the current campaign, is
convinced the best is yet to come from this squad. “It means
everyone is together,” said the Brazil international. “The team is
building confidence and we just have to finish as high as possible
at the end of the season. “I think the way we are playing at the
moment we deserve to be higher. “Tottenham still have an advantage
because they have one game in hand and are three points ahead but
we have to make sure we win every single game and if we do we will
have a happy end to the season.” What has been equally impressive
over recent weeks is that important results – a 3-0 win over
Manchester City and a 1-1 draw at Arsenal – have been achieved
without a number of established players. Captain Steven Gerrard
(groin) and Daniel Agger (knee) are both out until next season
while Glen Johnson, Martin Kelly and Fabio Aurelio (all hamstring)
are still not fit. Into their places have stepped the likes of Jay
Spearing an teenagers John Flanagan and Jack Robinson. Spearing, in
particular, has slotted into central midfield alongside Lucas and
not looked out of place despite making just six first-team
appearances prior to this season. Lucas, for one, has been
impressed by the 22-year-old former youth team captain. “We know it
is very difficult when it is your first season in the Premier
League but he has come in and played really well,” said the
Brazilian, who at 24 has played 164 times for the Reds. “Always we
are under pressure to win because we still think we can get fifth
place but he has done well and is developing very quickly – and the
same goes for the other younger players. “If you see the younger
players I am already old but I am still learning. “When I arrived
in Liverpool a lot of people helped me to learn and that is what I
am doing now, trying to give Jay some confidence on the pitch. “The
team looks good and we are happy because when fans see more young
players coming in and playing well that means Liverpool have a
bright future.”