Brazilian star Leiva Lucas says Kenny Dalglish has brought a fresh attitude to the Liverpool squad, after the squad came back from a relegation battle to challenge for fifth spot in the season run in.
“Kenny has been really important for me because he’s given me a lot of confidence,” Lucas said.
“He’s manager that doesn’t say a lot but when he does say something it’s spot-on.
“The atmosphere in the dressing room is very good. We didn’t have before the atmosphere that we have now in the dressing room. All the players are really together and really looking forward to the future. The only way we will change things if we are together.
“Kenny is the key to keeping everyone together. One of the things I really like about Kenny is he treats everyone the same. It doesn’t matter if you are young or a senior player, everyone has the same importance in the club and it gives everyone a big lift.
“We’re more united. The relationship is not just professional, we have become more friends than before and it’s helped a lot on the pitch. When you like your team-mates you try to help him a lot and that’s that we are doing. This period has been really good.”
Liverpool were facing a relegation fight at the start of the season, and now look a chance for Europa League qualification and are even an outside chance to participation in the Champions League.
Since Dalglish took over the reigns at Liverpool, the Anfield club have collected 25 of 39 points, putting them second behind Manchester United for points collected in Dalglish’s period.
Lucas believes that the mentality has changed completely at Liverpool with Dalglish in the managing position, as the club look to topple Tottenham from fifth spot.
“We are still trying to catch fifth place,” he said.
“We know how difficult it will be but we have to make sure we win our games and then see what happens.
“At this moment it is very difficult because Spurs still have a game and are five points ahead but they have difficult games to play and we play against them.
“We have to make sure we win our games. We’re delighted to be in a comfortable position but we have to fight and believe.”