Lucas buoyed by Chelsea win
Lucas hopes Liverpool's win over Chelsea proves a turning point both for himself and the team.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 08/11/10 7:01pm
Lucas hopes Liverpool's win over Chelsea proves a turning point both for the team and himself.
After a wretched start to the current campaign, the Reds finally climbed into the top half of the Premier League after beating Chelsea 2-0 to make it three straight league wins and 15 points from 11 games.
Overcoming the league leaders and defending champions is sure to boost confidence at Anfield, not least for much-maligned midfielder Lucas.
The 23-year-old Brazilian produced one of his best performances for Liverpool since signing from Gremio in 2007 and he hopes Sunday's victory sparks an upturn in fortunes.
Lucas struggled to make an impact under former manager Rafael Benitez but he is keen to demonstrate he has matured and earn a regular starting berth in a holding role under Roy Hodgson.
"It is good to see Brazilian players are not just tricks and you can do a 'dirty' job for the team," he said.
"That is what I am trying to do, to do the job defensively and try to get forward when I can.
"As a player I am trying to be consistent. This season I am getting better, I will just keep the same level and try to be in the team all the time.
"I am getting older and I think I am getting better," Lucas added. "When you get more experienced you feel important and you want to do more.
"In the last few games I have been really pleased with the way I am playing.
"The team is winning and when the team is winning everyone has a better performance."
Liverpool were still in the bottom three heading into last weekend and they travel to Wigan on Wednesday aiming for a fourth straight win following that victory over Chelsea.
"That will give us a really good mood and we will try to keep the same levels of performance," said Lucas.
"I think we believed in our team, that was the main thing.
"We played with intensity, everyone could see how intense all the team played."
"We are happy but of course we are still not in the position we want to be," added the Brazil international.
"We want to be higher in the table but we have to keep going."