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Lucas piles on the pounds for the Liverpool cause

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is certain his weight gain will lead to more consistent performances next season. The young Brazilian has struggled with the physical aspect of life in the Premier League since arriving from Gremio two years ago.

"I have gained some weight this season and that has helped me be more prepared to play with the demands you face in England," Lucas told LFC Magazine.

"In my first season, being very honest, I had a problem with physical games.

"Last season, with the extra weight, I felt I could challenge anyone physically and go from one box to the other like I did in Brazil.

"Maybe it has taken me 18 months to get my body physically into the shape that it needed to be in to play my best in England, but I feel that it is coming now for me and I am excited about my future prospects at Liverpool."

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