Lucas thankful for BR support

The 25-year-old Brazil international spent seven months on the

sidelines after damaging his cruciate ligament in November, but has

returned to action during the club’s North American tour. Lucas

revealed Rodgers, who replaced Kenny Dalglish last month, made a

point of telling him he would have a part to play, and that was a

major boost as he fought his way back to full fitness. He told the

club’s official website: “On my first day back in Liverpool, he

spoke with me and said I was in his plans. “Those words helped me

to relax a little bit more because he was a new manager coming in

and everyone wants to impress. I was coming back from an injury and

knew I wouldn’t be at the same level as the other players. “It gave

me the confidence to progress slowly and I am really happy to have

his support from the beginning. “When a manager says great things

about you, it always gives you extra confidence and motivation –

but I was already motivated enough. I am at a big club and very

happy to play for this club. “It’s just a question of time and

being patient. He has been very important from the first day.”