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Lucas Leiva dreaming of World Cup place

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is hoping a strong finish to the Premier League season will secure his place in Brazil's World Cup squad.

As his side bid to lift their first title since 1990, Lucas has struggled for fitness this year and has made just 19 league appearances for the Reds.

He sustained a knee injury in the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa but got 90 minutes under his belt for Liverpool's Under-21s team last week and is focused on returning to the first-team fold and helping Brendan Rogers' side. 

"It was really good for me to get going again and try to improve my fitness," he told Liverpoolfc.com. "I was lucky that I wasn't out for a long time and I'm now looking forward to first-team action.

"Hopefully I'll be able to help the team again for the next 10 games because we know how important they are.

"I felt really good after the game and I'm looking forward to the next two months."

With his nation hosting the World Cup this summer, there's no better honour than representing your nation and Lucas is hopeful that he can impress Luiz Felipe Scolari and secure his place in the 23-man squad. 

Brazil impressed in a friendly last week when they comfortably South Africa 5-0, with Neymar netting a hat-trick. Lucas has admitted that his Liverpool form will decided on his World Cup place.

He added: "It's a massive two months for me, especially looking towards the World Cup at the end of the season as well, so I can't afford to miss many more games.

"I knew the injury wasn't too bad. I knew something happened but of course I was disappointed I wouldn't be able to make the last international game.

"When you are out of the international team and squad there is always someone else who will have a chance to impress, the competition for places in the Brazil squad is so big, so that's why I'm really confident that if I have a good two months ahead then I will have a chance to play at the World Cup.

"That would be like a dream for me - playing for my country in Brazil. It's going to be massive, but as I said, what I do for Liverpool is what's going to get me in the Brazil squad, so I've just got to concentrate on the next 10 games and hopefully help Liverpool to do good things until the end of the season.

"Injuries aren't good but they can happen and probably 90 per cent of the team have had some injury during the season, so unfortunately for me it didn't come at a good time but I'm back and I'm sure I will be at the same level that I was before."


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