Lucas sets Reds target
Lucas Leiva hopes to play a prominent role in the forthcoming campaign, as the Brazilian dreams of the title.
Last Updated: 25/07/08 11:08pm
Lucas Leiva hopes to play a prominent role in the forthcoming campaign, as the Brazilian dreams of delivering Liverpool the title.
The 21-year-old will miss the first few weeks of the season due to Olympic national team duty but hopes to stake a regular starting spot after returning from China.
While accepting Rafa Benitez has a wealth of midfield talent at his disposal, Lucas is determined to establish himself in the Spaniard's starting XI.
"Of course it's going to be difficult but I will be trying my best (to get regular starts)," said Lucas, who started only 12 league matches for the Reds last season.
"We had a good second half of the season but we didn't win the title. Hopefully this year we can win the title and this is our challenge now.
"I think that winning the league is most important because it's been an 18 year wait since we last won it.
"The focus is to win something but the most important thing now is the Premier League."
While keen to be a part of Liverpool's title challenge, the main priority for Lucas right now is the Olympics as Brazil look to capture their first ever football gold medal.
"Of course Liverpool would have wanted me playing in Liverpool because I will miss some games - some important games - but they know that this (the Olympics) is important for me and for the country.
"Hopefully, we will win this title and then I can return to Liverpool and think about the Premier League, the Champions League and the other cups."