Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has admitted the support of new manager Brendan Rodgers has helped to fuel his return from injury.

The 25-year-old Brazil international spent seven months on the sidelines after damaging his cruciate ligament in November, but has returned to action during the club's North American tour.

Lucas revealed Rodgers made a point of telling him he would have a part to play, and that was a major boost as he fought his way back to full fitness.

He told the club's official website: "On my first day back in Liverpool, he spoke with me and said I was in his plans.

"Those words helped me to relax a little bit more because he was a new manager coming in and everyone wants to impress. "

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