Lucas focused on football

Reds midfielder keen to avoid distractions

Lucas: Keeping concentration

Lucas: Keeping concentration

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Lucas Leiva insists Liverpool's players must not allow themselves to become distracted by off-field issues.

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With a lengthy takeover saga still dragging on at Anfield, matters away from the pitch have been blamed for the club's recent failings.

There is no question that performances have slumped as pressure mounts on co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett to sell up and move out.

It was hoped that an offer from New England Sports Ventures would be enough to remove the unpopular American duo, but they are prepared to take the case to court in an effort to block that bid from going through.

Brazilian midfielder Lucas admits the players are in the dark as to what the immediate future holds for the Reds, with the situation changing on an almost daily basis.

With that in mind, and with little they can do to affect proceedings in the boardroom, Lucas knows it is imperative that those charged with delivering results on the field start to focus their full attention on the task in hand.

"I don't know what is going to happen, we just have to wait and see," the Samba star told Sky Sports News.

"It's difficult for the players to say something because I don't like to talk too much about what is happening with the owners.

"I am just trying to concentrate on the games, that's the only way we will change things. As players we have to do better on the pitch."


The takeover drama took another twist on Monday when it emerged that Singapore billionaire Peter could be about to rekindle his interest in the club.

Lucas is not surprised to hear of the mounting interest in Liverpool, but remains reluctant to be dragged into an increasingly complicated debate.

"There are a lot people interested in Liverpool. It's a big club," he added.

"But I don't think the players have the power to decide anything. We have to go to Melwood, do the training and try to improve on the pitch."

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