Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva hopes to move on from the injury woes that have dogged him over the past two years.
Brazilian international Lucas, who joined the Reds from Gremio for a fee of around £5 million in July 2007, has seen his playing time at Anfield limited over recent campaigns due to severe injuries such as torn ligaments in his knee.
But after becoming a mainstay of boss Brendan Rodgers' midfield throughout pre-season so far, Lucas is confident he will be able to play a major part on Merseyside once again as Liverpool seek to mount a serious charge for the Premier League's top four and Champions League qualification.
The 26-year-old told LFC TV: "It's clear to me that I'm in better shape than last season. I put all my injuries behind me and I haven't missed any game or any training session during this pre-season.
"So that means my body has adapted really well already. We will see how this season goes, but it's looking very positive and there is still some time before the season starts."
In the absence of controversial striker Luis Suarez, who has incurred Rodgers' wrath after publicly voicing his unhappiness with the club and his intention to seek an immediate transfer, Liverpool easily overcame Norwegian outfit Valerenga 4-1 in Oslo on Wednesday night thanks to goals from new signings Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas. Martin Kelly and winger Raheem Sterling also registered on the scoresheet for the visitors.
Liverpool face Scottish Premier League champions Celtic in Dublin on Saturday in what will be their final friendly before they begin the season against Stoke City at Anfield on August 17.
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