Liverpool and Brazil star Lucas has told Liverpool fans to start dreaming of Champions League football again as the midfielder believes that the Reds can still finish in the coveted top four.
Liverpool kept their very slim hopes of a fourth place finish alive after beating Tottenham 3-2 at Anfield on Sunday and are now seven points behind fourth place Chelsea with just nine games remaining.
Liverpool may be lucky in their pursuit and have hit form just at the right time scoring freely and defending well, and with Chelsea’s gruelling game schedule over the coming weeks with an FA Cup replay with Manchester United and the Europa League still to play for, Liverpool, along with Everton and Arsenal can aim to finish in that final Champions League place.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed talk of the Reds finishing in the top four, but Lucas believes that the heart they showed against Spurs means there in fight yet in their Champions League pursuit.
“Our biggest virtue in this match was that we never stopped fighting. We didn’t get upset at losing and showed our strength to come back,” Lucas told Terra.
“We are improving at the right time and, because of that, we can dream of a Champions League place.
“It was our third consecutive victory, something that is worth a lot given the difficulty of the Premier League. We will continue to work hard, without fanfare, and things will come naturally.”
Lucas also praised Rodgers, for his tactics in dealing with Gareth Bale, despite the talismanic Welshman assisting in both of Tottenham’s goals on Sunday.
“We knew most of Tottenham’s plays would be via Gareth Bale, it’s always hard to mark him, but our manager Brendan Rogers set up the team well and we did our job.
“We had some challenges during the game and thank God I did well. As I said, this win made me very happy and made us sure we are on the right path.”