Dalglish: Lucas injury will test us

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has challenged his squad to step up after Lucas Leiva was ruled out for the season.


The Brazilian has become an Anfield favourite in recent times, but will miss the season remainder due to a ruptured cruciate ligament.


Liverpool are now missing Lucas and Gerrard, two of their most influential midfielders, but Dalglish says this is where his fringe players earn their crust.


"We're not the only club who has an injury which means we have to fulfil our obligations by using the squad,” said the Scot.


"He has been playing really well. We are disappointed he has picked up an injury but it is not career-threatening.”


Liverpool face Fulham on Monday night and Dalglish expressed the importance of focussing on continuing the Reds recent good run – not dwelling on injuries.


"Lucas is not moping about feeling sorry for himself. We can do that, we can feel sorry for him,” he added.


"But we cannot feel sorry for ourselves and we have plenty of people who can have a go and won't let us down.”


Dalglish also talked up his reserves after their impressive performances took the Anfield club to a Carling Cup semi-final with Manchester City.


"You saw at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night there were a lot of really good performances,” concluded Dalglish.


"It is at times like this you are tested but we have been happy with the squad and the results we have had reflect that."

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