It’s no longer a problem for Liverpool players if they go behind in a match, first-choice anchorman Lucas claims.
Since Jurgen Klopp took over, we’ve won three matches having conceded the first goal of the game – versus Chelsea, Bordeaux and Southampton. In his three seasons in charge, Brendan Rodgers only accomplished this six times in the Premier League.
Fans were moaning at St. Mary’s on Wednesday evening after we conceded a sloppy goal after 45 seconds, but 90 minutes later they were jubilant, after goals from Sturridge, Ibe and Origi secured a 6-1 battering.
Lucas played his role too however, mopping up at the base of midfield and totally outperforming Victor Wanyama and Jordy Clasie.
“It was a very good result,” the Brazilian told Liverpoolfc.com.
“It wasn’t a good start, I would say, because in less than a minute we conceded a goal but we showed a lot of character to get back and at the end it was a brilliant result with so many goals and a comfortable win.
“Of course we still need to improve, especially the way we started the game, but when we score six goals there are more positives than negatives you have to look at.
“If you look back probably a few months ago, and especially against Southampton in the home game we played a few weeks ago, we conceded a goal late in that game and we didn’t have the energy to get back [into it] and the belief to score another goal.
“Wednesday night we showed [belief] when we conceded a goal and we did the same against Chelsea when we got back and won the game.
“We showed that we are not to worry about this. Of course we don’t want to concede but if we do then we have to work harder to get the other goals and that’s what we did.”
Lucas went on to salute Klopp, who’s made him an integral part of the starting XI. The South American nearly left during the summer, but he’s now one of the first names on the team-sheet, and with Emre Can suspended – we’ll need another strong performance versus Newcastle at the weekend.
“I’m learning a lot and and he’s a very demanding manager but a person who tells you what you need to do to improve,” he continued.
“That’s what he wants and if you make mistakes he just doesn’t kill your confidence and he gives you confidence to improve and tells you what you need to do.
“So that’s what we’ve been talking about and he’s trying to add some things on my game and I think slowly I’m getting there. Of course it’s never perfect but I’m very happy with the way I’m playing and improving.
“For me it was about the belief and the confidence that I needed. I think he’s been giving me that and giving me an important role to play in the team.
“I think everyone in the squad feels important and everyone feels that you have a part to play.”