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Liverpool form impresses captain Lucas
Published : 30 Jul 2010 13:30:42Rss feed
Liverpool midfielder Lucas hopes to have laid down a marker after captaining the team to a comfortable season-opening Europa League victory.The Reds were pressed into action with an inexperienced side 17 days before their Barclays Premier League campaign begins after last season's seventh-placed finish left them needing to qualify for Europe's second-tier competition.With several World Cup players having only recently returned to training, and others still on holiday, manager Roy Hodgson chose to travel to face Macedonian side FK Rabotnicki in Skopje with a youthful squad.Lucas was one of just a handful of senior players to feature and, in the absence of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, wore the captain's armband.After a comfortable 2-0 victory, the Brazilian wants to keep it for the second leg of the third round qualifier next week.Lucas said: "It is a really good achievement for me. I am really proud, really happy, but the most important thing was the win. I know there are a lot of senior players in front of me but I hope I did a really good job and hopefully I will keep it."