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Rodgers pleased at Leiva return

Brendan Rodgers has spoken of his relief that Lucas Leiva is returning from injury.

Lucas spent most of last season out injured, a blow as Liverpool's form slumped in his absence.

Rodgers said: "He has been brilliant. He is a terrific guy.

"You have seen the growth of him as a player and a person, and the journey he's been on at this club is incredible. He still feels he has a lot to offer. How I work in liking to play this high, intense pressing and passing game brings on his fitness.

"I think if you look at him now, he is in a real good moment. Hopefully he can stay fit and strong and keep pushing on for us."

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