Hopefully he’ll inspire a few to make the breakthrough…
Lucas Leiva is stepping up his recovery from injury by helping to tutor the Liverpool U-21s.
The young Reds have been give the opportunity to use the first team’s facilities during the international break and the Brazilian is using this as a chance to pace on his wealth of experience and educate what could be future Anfield stars.
Michael Beale has said it’s been a pleasure to have him involved and has been particularly complimentary on the impact his help could have on the youngsters.
“Lucas has joined us and it’s a pleasure to have him,” said Beale, reports Daily Mirror. “He knows a few of the boys.
“He gets on really well with Jordan Williams and the Spanish boys like [Pedro] Chirivella and [Sergi] Canos, he helps them along.”
And Beale believes that giving the players the opportunity to work with someone from the Liverpool senior squad is the motivation the boys need to put in a little bit of extra effort.
“This is where everyone wants to be and you see an extra 10 per cent in the training when the boys come here.
“It’s brilliant for them. The boys are here quite regularly. Every day, I liaise with Mike Marsh or Colin Pascoe in the morning at around 9.30am and at least three or four come across nearly every day.
“But the international breaks are a really good chance for us to come across en masse.”
Lucas returned to the match day squad against United but was an unused substitute and will be looking to use the international break as a period to regain full fitness for the top-four run in.
He was outstanding before his injury, and provided he recovers fully, he could well have a vital role to play from now until the end of the season.