Liverpool boss Rodgers: Lucas comeback should inspire teammates
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Lucas Leiva's return should inspire his teammates who have struggled for minutes this season.
Rodgers believes the likes of Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson, big-money signings who have failed to impress in their first 16 months, could learn much from the Brazilian.
"I think he is a wonderful example," said the Northern Irishman.
"I know it was difficult for him as I have spoken to him at length about when he was sat in tears sometimes in the changing room - it was so difficult for him.
"But what you have to have is that inner belief and the support around you.
"I am sure in those early stages he would have had that and it allowed him to continue to fight and his own personality has seen him win through and now he is very important.
"It will be the same for the other guys. Everyone gets the opportunity and I would like to give the players the hope they can succeed.
"So it might not have been so easy for some players but everyone is important to me and they all have a part to play."