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Liverpool fullback Degen heaps praise on Leiva for handling Xabi comparison

Philipp Degen says Liverpool's locker room is fully behind teammate Lucas Leiva.

The Brazil international has had to fill the void left by Xabi Alonso and fullback Degen says his teammates appreciate the youngster's commitment.

Degen told liverpoolfc.tv: "Because Xabi Alonso was a really big player, it was not easy for Lucas to go in this position - but I think he's done well. You don't find many players in the world who have the quality of Xabi Alonso but I think Lucas is doing a great job and he's still young - younger than Xabi. I think he can improve and this will help this team."

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