LUCAS believes Liverpool’s two-goal hero Andy Carroll will go from strength to strength after starring in last night’s stunning 3-0 victory over Manchester City at Anfield.
Carroll scored his first goals for the Reds following his £35million switch from Newcastle as Kenny Dalglish’s side kept their hopes of qualifying for Europe alive.
The 22-year-old netted with a fierce low strike and then headed in Liverpool’s third after Dirk Kuyt had slotted home.
“Everyone is so happy for Andy,” Lucas said. “For a few games he’s been trying to score and at times has been unlucky.
“Tonight he showed what he’s capable of – not just with his head but with his feet as well.
“Your first goal is always the most difficult to get. I’m sure now he will get more and more.
“He will have more confidence for the next games. It’s up to us to keep creating chances for him.”
The Brazilian midfielder also paid tribute to 18-year-old Academy youngster John Flanagan who enjoyed a hugely promising debut at right-back.
Lucas believes the efforts of Flanagan and fellow home grown talent Jay Spearing shows the future is bright for the Reds.
“We know the team is missing players but those who came did so well, especially Flano,” Lucas said.
“It was a fantastic achievement not just for him but for the club who are looking to bring young players through.
“Flano is a quiet lad but he likes to listen and ask for advice. Everyone on the pitch tried to make him feel comfortable. We tried to be positive all the time because we know how difficult it is to make your debut. He was fantastic.
“Jay is also a very good lad. I am more experienced than him so I give him advice in the same way I get advice from players like Pepe and Carra.
“He’s doing really well and is another player from the Academy which is what the fans want to see. Everyone could see tonight Liverpool are going in the right direction. I’m really happy with the way everything is going.”
Victory closed the gap on fifth placed Tottenham to five points and Lucas has urged Liverpool to reproduce that display at Arsenal on Sunday.
Lucas said: “The intensity of our game in the first half especially was amazing.
“Now we just have to try to play with that kind of character in every game.
“We know it is difficult but always in big games we seem to play better than in games in which we maybe think it will be a bit easier.
“Under Kenny we’ve won all the big games against United, City and Chelsea. We want to keep winning and get into a better position in the table.”