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Liverpool midfielder Lucas excited about first Copa America campaign

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is up for a big Copa America with Brazil.

Having lifted the crown in 2004 and 2007, Brazil are aiming for an unprecedented third Copa America in a row - and Lucas is ready for the challenge.

"It's my first official competition with Brazil and I can't wait for it," he told liverpoolfc.tv. "It means a lot - to play for Brazil is the highest target you can have.

"I know how difficult it is to get into this squad when you are competing against so many good players. It's reward for what I've done for Liverpool and now I want to help Brazil do well.

"When you are playing in the country of your biggest rivals that makes it more difficult. I'm sure we will have more fans against us than for us.

"We know the people in Brazil love football so much and the expectation level is always really high. There will be a lot of pressure but I'm used to that from playing for Liverpool.

"It's our first competition under the new manager. We have a very young team and are building for 2014. That's the big target but when you go into any tournament like this you have to go into it focused purely on winning it.

"Brazil must always be one of the favourites to win and I want to help make history."

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