Emirates Stadium

Next Game

Arsenal v Liverpool

Saturday, 04 April 2015, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Anfield

Last Game

Liverpool 1 - 2 Man Utd

Sunday, 22 March 2015, 13:30

Barclays Prem

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

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

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."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

G

ive him 10 crosses and he'll head 8 of them over the bar.

tk421
Where Does Giroud Rank In Premier League?

Footer 365

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio suffers anterior cruciate ligament damage

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering knee ligament damage.

Mark Hughes signs new contract with Stoke City to summer 2018

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has signed a new contract with the club which runs until the summer of 2018.

Premier League, FA, Government launch plan for more 3G pitches

The Premier League, Football League and the Government are joining forces to invest in grassroots football facilities.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company