Date: 2nd April 2015 at 5:39pm
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Lucas Leiva says he is ready to come back into the Liverpool midfield, as the Reds prepare for a crucial showdown with Arsenal on Saturday.

The Reds suffered a bitterly disappointing defeat to Manchester United last time out, and know a defeat at the Emirates could all but end their hopes of a top four finish.

Liverpool will be without Steven Gerrard for the game in north London, with the Liverpool skipper starting his three match ban for the red card he picked up in less than sixty seconds against United.

And despite having missed the last seven weeks with an injury, Lucas says he is ready to come back into the side having played 71 minutes of the All-Star Charity match at Anfield on Sunday.

“I feel great,” Lucas told the club’s official website.

“I was available for the Manchester United game, but probably wasn’t able to play the whole game. Now I feel 100 percent. Now it’s just a question of getting some minutes and training sessions, so that’s what I need and that’s what I’m having. Leading into the Arsenal game that’s going to be good because I will have had three full weeks of training and I’m looking forward to it.”

“I was in a very good moment,” added Lucas, “probably the best moment in the last couple of years, and I had a good run of games. The beginning of the season wasn’t good for me because I couldn’t play much, but as soon as I got back in the team I think I helped a lot. I need to be ready and if I get a chance again I need to be at the same level I was before I was injured.”