Fenway Park

Next Game

Liverpool v Roma

Thursday, 24 July 2014, 00:30

Friendly Match

Deepdale

Last Game

Preston 1 - 2 Liverpool

Saturday, 19 July 2014, 15:00

Friendly Match

Lucas: Fans can play a part

Liverpool midfielder Lucas wants the club's fans to help them knock Zenit St Petersburg out of the Europa League on Thursday night.

Last Updated: 20/02/13 at 20:48 Post Comment

Lucas: Hopes the Liverpool crowd will inspire the team against Zenit

Lucas: Hopes the Liverpool crowd will inspire the team against Zenit

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

The Reds are facing a stiff task, having lost the first leg of the last-32 tie 2-0 in Russia last week, but Liverpool have claimed many a famous European victory under the floodlights at Anfield.

And Lucas thinks the passionate home fans may be able to inspire a memorable comeback on Thursday.

"It is a competition we always wanted to do well in," said the Brazilian. "We always know on these special European nights at Anfield what the crowd give to us.

"It will be an important game for us this season. We are really positive and believe we can get through to the next stage.

"Hopefully the crowd will give us a special night and we will play well and get through. The crowd will definitely be our 12th player.

"We know we need to score goals, and also we need to play with a defensive mentality.

"Conceding a goal would make it even harder for us, we need to find a balance.

"We have been working on the training ground and I am sure the approach will be good.

"Hopefully it will be another good night to remember after the game."

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers added: "They will be vital for us, the supporters, as they are every game. I am sure we will get the backing that will hopefully get us to a victory.

"Such nights really make Liverpool what it is.

"If you walk round Melwood (Liverpool's training ground) and see the various quotes from top players and some of the best managers in the world - it is not the game that is talked about, it is the supporters."

The game brings Lucas up against one of his compatriots in Hulk, the powerful former Porto forward, and the 26-year-old midfielder hopes to gain the edge.

He said: "We are close, especially when we played a few times in the national team.

"He scored a good goal against us and they are taking the competition very seriously.

"Hulk is an important player for them but he hasn't given me any (team) news.

"He wants to win the game, as I do. We will have a friendly chat after the game and hopefully I will be happier after the game."

Lucas now feels he is returning to his best form after missing most of 2012 through injury.

Lucas was out for seven months after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage in December 2011 and then missed three months earlier this season with a thigh problem.

He said: "I am very close to where I was. It has been a good three or four months since my last injury.

"Still I have a few things to improve but I am very close to where I want to be.

"These games I am playing will help me get back to where I was."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Premier League: Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool will move on without Luis Suarez

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists there is no bad blood between the club and the outgoing Luis Suarez.

Transfer news: Liverpool appear to be close to completing a deal for Loic Remy

Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Loic Remy with the French forward reportedly having his medical in Boston.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward says Manchester United are still global giant

Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward insists the club are still the biggest in the world.

Mail Box

Anyone But Rooney. Or Baines. Or Hart.

There isn't a great deal of excitement in the Mailbox regarding England's potential new captain, but we have good stuff on Gerrard's development and a one club man team...

Goodbye Patrice And Farewell Steven...

Man United fans say a fond farewell to Patrice Evra in the mailbox while there are also thoughts on Steven Gerrard's retirement from England duty. Plus, some rare cricket bantz...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property