No time to worry for Lucas
Lucas Leiva insists the Liverpool squad are not currently worried by the prospect of a nine-point penalty.
Last Updated: 11/10/10 8:40am
Lucas Leiva insists that the Liverpool squad are not allowing the looming prospect of a possible nine-point deduction to weigh too heavily on their shoulders.
The Anfield club could be hit with a Premier League points penalty if parent company, Kop Holdings, goes into administration next week over an estimated debt of £230million owed to Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).
New England Sports Ventures (NESV) are attempting to take over Liverpool ahead of next Friday's RBS deadline, but co-owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks are taking the process to the High Court as they believe a £300m deal represents a half-price sale.
An independent Reds board have accepted NESV's offer, however, the legal dispute could delay the completion and lead to the points fine, with Sky Sports News understanding that any deduction could scupper the takeover.
A nine-point loss would also see Liverpool slump to the foot of the Premier League table on a minus total, but Lucas, who is on duty with Brazil ahead of their friendly with Ukraine at Pride Park, claims he and his club-mates are not overly concerned.
The midfielder told Sky Sports News when asked about the prospect of a deduction: "We just have to wait and see what is going to happen. We can't think about what has not happened."
Ahead of next Sunday's Merseyside derby against Everton, Lucas believes that the current international break arrived with perfect timing for Liverpool in the wake of their defeat to Blackpool.
"I think this break came at the right moment," he said.
"Everybody can rest a little bit with their countries and, of course, when we come back we have to make sure we are ready for the derby."