Lucas backs Liverpool to step up

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April 01, 2015 10:35:13 UK

Fit-again midfielder Lucas Leiva has backed Liverpool to cope without suspended pair Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel in their next three matches.

Both Gerrard and Skrtel will miss the next three games following the fiery 2-1 defeat at Manchester United last time out, but Brazilian star Lucas has backed his colleagues to plug the gaps.

Of course it’s going to be a big miss, but we have to show we can cope for the three games.

Lucas Leiva

And the battling midfielder, who is nearing full fitness and battling for a return to the starting line-up, remains upbeat ahead of a pivotal Premier League trip to Arsenal and an FA Cup sixth round replay at Blackburn Rovers.

He told the club’s official website: “Martin has been a very consistent player for us and losing him and Stevie is hard to take, but if you want to be successful you can’t rely on one or two players.

“Both are very important players for us as one can change a game and the other gives us stability at the back, but we have other players as well who can step in.

“It’s always been the case for the group that if someone gets injured, then someone will step in and do the job.

“That’s how it should be and we shouldn’t be afraid we don’t have them. Of course it’s going to be a big miss, but we have to show we can cope for the three games.”

The Reds are currently five points adrift of the top four and are 4.20 to win at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, with the draw 3.75, while the Merseysiders can be backed at 3.00 to win the FA Cup this season.

The winner of their tie with Blackburn will face Aston Villa in a Wembley semi-final on Sunday 19th April.

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