Brendan Rodgers tips Lucas Leiva improvement

Lucas Leiva
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Brendan Rodgers backs Lucas Leiva to put in even better performances for Liverpool once he fully regains his fitness.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Lucas Leiva may not rediscover his best form until next season.

The Brazilian midfielder spent almost a year on the sidelines recently with a knee ligament injury.

Despite the fact that he has impressed upon his return to action in December, Rodgers believes that there is plenty more to come from the 26-year-old.

"I still don't think you're going to see the best of Lucas until probably next season," Rodgers told the club's official website. "When you're out for a year, it takes a while to get back and some people will tell you it will nearly take you another six months to a year to be back at your best.

"We're just trying to get him as many games and minutes as we can."

Lucas joined the Reds from Gremio in 2007.

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