Liverpool want cup win; spirit here as good as ever – Lucas

Date published: Tuesday 10th January 2017 1:27

Lucas insists Liverpool have a collective determination to improve on last season’s runners-up place in the EFL Cup.

Lucas captained a much-changed side in Sunday’s goalless FA Cup draw with Plymouth and is hopeful of more game time in Wednesday’s EFL Cup semi-final first leg at Southampton.

The Brazilian started last season’s final against Manchester City, which they lost on penalties, and has played the full 90 minutes in Liverpool’s last three outings in the competition so is hopeful of more action at St Mary’s.

“Everyone is ready to play. Especially for me, hopefully I can play as I played all the rounds until now,” he added.

“It is a competition we want to do well in as we came very close last year.

“Hopefully we can have two good games in the semi-final against a very difficult team and get to the final.”

Lucas has seen many ups and downs during his time at Anfield but believes Klopp, with whom he has an understanding about his long-term goal, has engendered a level of unity he has never experienced before.

“I think in terms of spirit it is probably the best since I’ve been here,” he said.

“We have a very good group of players, there is not one player who tries to be the main man, so it is really team-work and it is really good to work with all of them.

“It has been working really well for us at the moment and hopefully we can carry on working like that and the end of the season will be a positive one.”

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