BRENDAN RODGERS has hailed the return to action of Liverpool midifelder Lucas Leiva.
The Brazil international, who had been sidelined since suffering a thigh injury against Manchester City back in August, appeared as one of the alloted overage players in the under-21s’ 1-0 win over Middlesbrough at the Academy yesterday. Lucas played just over an hour and came through unscathed.
“Lucas looks really strong and fit,” said the Reds boss.
“After another week’s training he should be ready for a first team return.
“He will be a big player for us. He has a wonderful football brain. He knows exactly the ideas we are trying to implement here and is a good man.
“He has worked really hard. It was unfortunate he got injured at the start of the season after coming back from his knee injury. The movement with his knee now is much better than it was.
“He’s a top professional and an international player. He has good experience in this country and knows exactly what we are trying to do.
“When you’ve got someone of that calibre coming back it certainly makes you better.”
Rodolfo Borrell’s side extended their unbeaten run with their seventh win in 10 matches.
Krisztian Adorjan saw his effort controversially ruled out for offside before the winner arrived 14 minutes from time. Adam Morgan controlled a through ball and rounded the keeper before slotting home.