Liverpool playmaker Lucas Leiva is confident Champions League glory will come again for the current Reds squad.
“It would be fantastic to play for Liverpool in the Champions League again and I don’t see why we can’t return,” Leiva told the Liverpool daily post.
Liverpool currently sit at sixth on the Barclays Premier League table, and are seven points from fourth placed Chelsea, with fourth place upwards qualifying for Champions League. After a nightmare start to the season, Liverpool have flourished under care-taker manager Kenny Dalglish, and with the January purchases of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, the Reds look set for top flight glory once more.
Should Liverpool finish any lower than fifth at the end of this season, they will most likely not qualify for Europa League, leaving Anfield out of Europe for one full season. But this will only serve as motivation for Leiva, who believes the squad have a unity that will raise them to Europe glory in the not so distant future.
“We have a squad that is united in its will and desire to return this club to where it belongs,” he said.
Of Leiva’s improving form, he noted the Liverpool fans were not happy with his performances when the 24 year old first showed up at Merseyside.
“Things were not looking good and some supporters were obviously not happy,” he said. “But I still think people need to see the bigger picture.
“The move to Liverpool represented a change of country, language and there was also that I was only 20 and arriving at the club in one of the most demanding leagues in the world.
“Also, few people seemed to remember Liverpool had a group of players that had made two of the last three Champions League finals. It would have been impossible to just parachute in.
“Maybe the supporters thought a Brazilian midfielder would do just magic.”