Lucas confident bringing out best in Liverpool pair Gerrard, Allen

Lucas Leiva feels he can complement the creativity in Liverpool's midfield.

Lucas Leiva feels he can complement the creativity in Liverpool's midfield.

The 25-year-old hopes his defensive abilities will allow the likes of Joe Allen and Steven Gerrard to express themselves further forward as Brendan Rodgers' side attempt to extend a run which has included a single defeat in 10 league matches.

"I didn't have that much time to work with Joe on the pitch because he came towards the end of the pre-season and afterwards I was injured," Lucas explained to Liverpoolfc.com.

"But we could see Joe getting forward to join the attack and create chances - that's what he used to do at Swansea so he feels very comfortable there knowing that we will always be behind the ball and trying to cover.

"I hope I can help in this way to give freedom for him, Stevie, [Jordan] Henderson, [Nuri] Sahin and Jonjo [Shelvey]. That's my job and I'm delighted to be able to help again."

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