Lucas Leiva believes that Liverpool have a lot more to show the Barclays Premier League this season, with the midfielder insisting that the new faces are still settling into the squad and realising their potential.

Liverpool have had a mixed start to the season, with a big loss to Tottenham and going down to Rangers in a friendly this week behind them. But the side can also boast a hard-fought draw with Manchester United that the Reds could have won, and commanding victories to put the side fifth in the table.

And Lucas has sent out a warning to rival clubs, saying that Liverpool are closer than ever to challenging for trophies once more.


 

“I think there is more to come,” he told the Liverpool Daily Post.

“There are a lot of new players that came in over the summer and it always takes time to settle and build an understanding between the players.

“I think there is a lot to come and hopefully it will be a successful season for us."

Lucas won’t be available for Liverpool’s match-up with Norwich this weekend, with the 24-year-old accumulating five yellow cards over the season thus far.

But he said that he will be supporting the squad from the bench, and believes that after coming so close to beating United last weekend, the Reds will be happy with nothing less than three points against the Canaries.

“I will be cheering the players on,” he said. “I think we deserved to win against Manchester United.

“We played really well and now we have to take the positives into the next game, hopefully get the three points and be closer to the top four."

Liverpool participated in a friendly with Rangers during the week, and Kenny Dalglish handed Leiva his first chance to be captain of the club.

And the Brazil international said that he was honoured to take the armband for a game, and is aiming to do so more often in the future.

He explained: “It was special for me. I am still young and haven't had the chance to be a captain.

“Of course I would have liked another result to have a better record, but I am really proud to have been the captain. It means a lot to me at such a big club like Liverpool."

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