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Lucas praises Rodgers support

July 30, 2012
By ESPN staff

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva says the support of new manager Brendan Rodgers has helped his recovery from injury.

GettyImagesLucas is still wanted at Anfield

Lucas, 25, spent seven months on the sidelines after damaging his cruciate ligament in November, but has returned to action during the club's North American tour.

The Brazil international revealed Rodgers, who replaced Kenny Dalglish last month, had given him a boost by informing him that he was in his plans.

He told the club's official website: "On my first day back in Liverpool, he spoke with me and said I was in his plans.

"Those words helped me to relax a little bit more because he was a new manager coming in and everyone wants to impress. I was coming back from an injury and knew I wouldn't be at the same level as the other players.

"It gave me the confidence to progress slowly, and I am really happy to have his support from the beginning.

"When a manager says great things about you, it always gives you extra confidence and motivation - but I was already motivated enough. I am at a big club and very happy to play for this club.

"It's just a question of time and being patient. He has been very important from the first day."