Charlie Adam admits the loss of Lucas Leiva for the season is a blow being felt by the whole Liverpool squad.
The summer signing has formed an impressive partnership with the Brazilian international in the absence of club captain Steven Gerrard, but will now have a new man alongside him following the cruciate ligament injury picked up in the League Cup win at Chelsea.
Enjoying one of his finest campaigns thus far at Anfield, Lucas has had messages of support from fans, coaches and player alike, and Adam has revealled he was one to offer words of encouragement to the 24-year-old.
"We are all really sad for Lucas because he's been one of the best players for us again this season. He's gutted and he knew when he got the injury it didn't feel right, but we are all behind him and giving him support," Adam told Liverpool TV online.
"He's a terrific player and it's a big blow for us. We have been playing well together but he is a top Brazilian international and has been fantastic for us.
"He has had a lot plaudits for the whole season but Luis Suarez has stolen the limelight because he has been terrific, but Lucas deservedly got man of the match against Manchester City."
Whilst the former Gremio starlet may be struggling to come to terms with the injury at the current time, Adam is confident his teammate can come back fitter and stronger both physically and mentally.
The first chance the Merseysiders have to show that they won't miss Lucas too much comes tomorrow night, when Kenny Dalglish's side travel to Fulham.
"He is going to be a loss but I texted him the other day and told him he will come back stronger mentally, and physically a better player," added Adam.
"It will be a hard time for him but we will all get him through it, all the players and staff. He will be back for us next season."
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