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Lucas looking for confidence

Midfielder keen to make impact

Lucas: Hoping to impress

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Lucas Leiva has spoken of his determination to make an impact for Liverpool this season.

The Brazilian midfielder has been criticised at times this season but manager Rafa Benitez has shown faith in him.

Lucas realises the importance of staying positive and accepts that his game can be affected when he is struggling for confidence.

He is looking to play a major role for the Reds and hopes to keep improving over the coming months.

"All players need confidence. If you have that it can help you play better," Lucas told the Daily Star Sunday.

"Maybe you will try a pass that you may not normally do. If you miss, you try again. You have to try to make something different happen.

"But if you don't have confidence everything becomes more difficult for you as a player.

"I've had more time to go forward this year. Rafa says it is up to me to get forward to make more chances and that is what I am trying to do for the club."