Still a long way to go for Liverpool

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas feels the pressure has eased on the Anfield club after back-to-back wins.

But the Brazilian has warned the team cannot afford to let momentum slip to turn around their poor start to the Barclays Premier League season. The Reds finally pulled themselves out of the relegation zone on Sunday as they beat Bolton 1-0 at the Reebok Stadium with a late Maxi Rodriguez goal.

The Brazilian said: "It's three points and I think everyone can see we are improving all the time. Of course we were under pressure. We still have to improve in the league but I think we are going the right way."

He added: "In every game we are playing better and hopefully now in the next few games we can get points and improve our position.

"The only way is playing well and I think winning will give everyone the confidence to keep going."

Lucas was impressed by the efforts of fellow South American Rodriguez, who is starting to establish himself as a fixture in the side.

The Argentinian was quiet early on at Bolton but grew into the game in the second half and went close with an overhead kick before settling the contest four minutes from time.

Rodriguez raced through to poke home the vital goal - his first strike since April - from a clever backheel by Fernando Torres and Lucas thought there was a touch of Brazilian magic about the move.

"I think Maxi scored a goal like Romario used to score, it was very similar," said the 23-year-old. "I was telling him it was a nice goal. I think Maxi is a very intelligent player. He is not so big, so has to play in space and cannot fight too much.

"He has a lot of technique so I think these kind of players always help you in the team. In the last two victories I think as a team everyone was playing really well and the understanding between the players everyone can see is better."

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