LUCAS LEIVA is desperate to help Liverpool finish their season with victory at Aston Villa on Sunday to ensure the players leave for the summer on a high.
The Brazil midfielder admits the Reds are keen to make amends for the defeat to Tottenham which severely dented their hopes of Europa League qualification.
In order to clinch fifth place, Kenny Dalglish’s side must better Spurs’ result at home to Birmingham City.
“The Spurs game was very disappointing and we want to bounce back,” he said.
“The Europa League isn’t in our hands. We have to go to Villa, try to win and see what happens.
“The team really wants to win and I think it’s really important to end this season well.
“We have come a long way but finishing on a high is important in terms of next season. The mood is positive and we want to keep that.”
Lucas watched Porto lift the Europa League trophy on Wednesday night by beating Portuguese rivals Braga, who knocked Liverpool out in the last 16.
And the 24-year-old is convinced it is a competition worth being in.
“All the players here want to have European football,” he said. “You want to be involved in as many games as you can.
“Everyone who watched the final could see it’s important. We will fight to be there right to the end.
“If we don’t qualify then we will focus on the Premier League and the other cups.
“Whatever happens the fans can see we are going in the right direction.
“This club is about trophies and playing in the Champions League – that’s where Liverpool should be.”
Dalglish has urged his players not to concern themselves with events at White Hart Lane during the Reds’ clash at Villa Park.
“All we can do is concentrate on our own game and not worry about anyone else,” he said. “We can’t affect another team’s results, so there is no point in worrying about it.
“Our job involves getting maximum points at Villa Park. That’s never an easy task and I’m sure it won’t be this weekend.”
Meanwhile, the Reds remain uncertain whether Andy Carroll will take part in next month’s European Championships in Denmark with England Under-21s.
Manager Stuart Pearce was due to confirm his 23-man squad yesterday but has delayed the announcement until Monday.
Carroll, who was in the 40-man provisional party along with clubmate Jay Spearing, is believed to have told Pearce he would rather rest this summer after an injury-plagued season than take part in the tournament.
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