Lucas World Cup pledge is great news for Liverpool’s run-in

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He’s never been the flashiest member of the Liverpool line-up, but Lucas has come to define the defensive midfield role at Anfield and the news of his early return from injury will be extremely welcome for the Reds.

Third-place Liverpool may be the 13/2 outsiders for the Premier League title, but with both their main rivals still to visit Anfield, they’ll not be giving up the chase just yet.

And said hunt for the most elusive of Liverpool trophies will be greatly aided by getting a fully-fired up Lucas gunning for a World Cup spot back among their rank.

“When you are out of the international team and squad there is always someone else who will have a chance to impress, the competition for places in the Brazil squad is so big, so that’s why I’m really confident that if I have a good two months ahead then I will have a chance to play at the World Cup.

“That would be like a dream for me – playing for my country in Brazil. It’s going to be massive, but as I said, what I do for Liverpool is what’s going to get me in the Brazil squad,” said Lucas.

The 27-year-old could be thrust straight into one of the biggest games in the Premier League calendar next up, as Liverpool travel to face Manchester United.

In a game of such intense rivalry all form goes out of the window in this grand derby of English football, where the hosts shade favouritism at 7/5 despite their disappointing campaign and Liverpool are 9/5 for the three points.

Someone of Lucas’ experience and composure on the ball will be an attractive proposition for Brendan Rodgers to deploy in the cauldron-like atmosphere of Old Trafford.

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