Lucas hopes for home comforts

Reds midfielder wants Anfield to become a fortress

Lucas Leiva: Confident Liverpool can challenge for a top-four finish

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Lucas Leiva believes Liverpool need to turn Anfield into a fortress if they are to fulfil their potential and hit their targets for the season.

The Reds are setting their sights on a top-four finish in the Premier League and a return to the UEFA Champions League.

They will, however, face plenty of competition for places in the upper reaches of the table and the difference between success and failure could be decided by the finest of margins.

With that in mind, it is imperative that Liverpool pick up as many points as possible on home soil.

They have been churning out performances on the road, winning six of their last eight away games in all competitions, but have emerged victorious only twice in their last five matches at Anfield.

Lucas is aware that Liverpool must improve that record if they are to challenge towards the top of the table, starting on Saturday when they entertain top flight new boys Swansea.

Crucial

"The results may not have been the best just yet but there are a lot of new players that came in and it always takes time to settle and build an understanding," the Brazilian midfielder said in the Liverpool Daily Post.

"The points that we have dropped, especially in the home games, could be crucial in the end but I am still really confident that we will have a good season.

"We have to make sure we get the points we need, especially at home, because that will be very important for us.

"We know we have to improve our finishing but I think if we are creating so many chances, that means we are doing something right.

"If you look at the number of chances we have created throughout the whole season and think about the number of times we have hit the post or the bar, then there are plenty of positives."