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.”