Lucas pays fans tribute

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Lucas Leiva thanked the Liverpool supporters for helping him begin to overcome the serious knee injury he sustained last year.

The Brazilian midfielder ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in late November during a Carling Cup victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

After undergoing successful surgery in Sao Paulo, Lucas spent six weeks in Brazil recuperating before he was allowed to fly back to England and continue the rehabilitation process at Melwood.

It has certainly been a frustrating period for the 25-year-old, who had firmly established himself as one of Kenny Dalglish's most consistent - and important - players.

However, Lucas has been buoyed by the messages of support offered to him by the Anfield faithful - and from further afield - and has been quick to offer his thanks.

"As I said when I got injured, I want to say thanks to the fans for all the positive messages they have been sending to me," he told

"They are definitely helping me a lot to keep strong and do well. Hopefully I will be back soon and wearing the red shirt again will be a good thing to achieve."

He added: "I was really frustrated because it was my first injury since I arrived at Liverpool and a serious one, so I was really down, especially after the operation.

"But you can't complain about it, you just have to deal with it, try to do the right rehab and come back stronger than before."

Lucas had made 15 appearances for the Reds this term, prior to the injury he sustained at Chelsea.

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