Lucas feeling the love

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Brazilian midfielder Lucas believes he is winning over Liverpool fans after being given a tough time by sections of the Anfield crowd last season.

The 22-year-old's form dipped during the Reds' prolonged spell of poor home form which eventually cost them the title. However, he has been ever-present this term and is expected to anchor midfield again when Liverpool open their Champions League group phase campaign with a home clash with Hungarian champions Debrecen.

"Nobody likes to be criticised, but such things happen in football. In many ways it has been a good experience for me because I am strong physically and mentally now," said Lucas.

"I can play with more relaxation and patience. I can be calmer because I know the fans are supporting me more.

"If (manager) Rafa (Benitez) had wanted me to leave, he would have said so. But he always said he had confidence in my football and I was improving.

"I am now a better player than when I arrived. I did some physical work in the summer to put on some kilos to help me play in the Premier League, and that has helped me a lot.

"I am trying to improve all the time, I am feeling more confident and I will be able to maintain this level."

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