Liverpool's confidence is coming back, says Lucas

Lucas Leiva, the Liverpool midfielder, feels the pressure has eased on the Anfield club after back-to-back wins. But the Brazilian has warned that the team cannot afford to let momentum slip if they are to turn around their poor start to the season.

The Reds finally pulled themselves out of the relegation zone on Sunday as they beat Bolton 1-0 at the Reebok Stadium with a late Maxi Rodriguez goal. Coming after last week's victory over Blackburn, the result lifted them six places to 12th but Lucas is adamant the club must now press on.

The Brazilian said: "It's three points and I think everyone can see we are improving all the time. Of course we were under pressure. We still have to improve in the league but I think we are going the right way. In every game we are playing better and hopefully now in the next few games we get points and improve our position. The only way is playing well and I think winning will give everyone the confidence to keep going."

Lucas was impressed by the efforts of fellow South American Rodriguez, who is starting to establish himself as a fixture in the side. The Argentine raced through to poke home the vital goal – his first strike since April – from a clever backheel by Fernando Torres, and Lucas thought there was a touch of Brazilian magic about the move.

"I think Maxi scored a goal like Romario used to score, it was very similar," said the 23-year-old. "I was telling him it was a nice goal. I think Maxi is a very intelligent player. He is not so big, so has to play in space and cannot fight too much. He has a lot of technique so I think these kind of players always help you in the team.

"In the last two victories I think as a team everyone was playing really well and everyone can see the understanding between the players is better. I think these two victories will give us a lot of confidence to keep going."

Bolton made life difficult for Roy Hodgson's men and were unfortunate to see their unbeaten home record this season ended. Lucas said: "It was a difficult game, of course. They have two big strikers and long balls always make it difficult for us. But at the end I think we tried to keep the ball on the ground and play our football, and at the end we could score a goal."

Such is the congested nature of the Premier League table that Bolton and Liverpool are now level on points.

That is a remarkable position given that a fortnight ago Liverpool were wallowing in 19th place – their worst start to a season in 57 years – while Bolton had been winning plaudits for their performances and results, particularly in earning a point against Manchester United.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'
Singapore's domestic workers routinely exploited and often abused in the service of rich nationals

Singapore's hidden secret of domestic worker abuse

David Cameron was shown the country's shiniest veneer on his tour. What he didn't see was the army of foreign women who are routinely exploited and often abused in the service of rich nationals
Showdown by Shirley Jackson: A previously unpublished short story from the queen of American Gothic

Showdown, by Shirley Jackson

A previously unpublished short story from the queen of American Gothic
10 best DSLRs

Be sharp! 10 best DSLRs

Up your photography game with a versatile, powerful machine
Solved after 200 years: the mysterious deaths of 3,000 soldiers from Napoleon's army

Solved after 200 years

The mysterious deaths of 3,000 soldiers from Napoleon's army
Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise

Robert Fisk on the Turkey conflict

Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise
Investigation into wreck of unidentified submarine found off the coast of Sweden

Sunken sub

Investigation underway into wreck of an unidentified submarine found off the coast of Sweden
Instagram and Facebook have 'totally changed' the way people buy clothes

Age of the selfie

Instagram and Facebook have 'totally changed' the way people buy clothes
Not so square: How BBC's Bloomsbury saga is sexing up the period drama

Not so square

How Virginia Woolf saga is sexing up the BBC period drama
Rio Olympics 2016: The seven teenagers still carrying a torch for our Games hopes

Still carrying the torch

The seven teenagers given our Olympic hopes
The West likes to think that 'civilisation' will defeat Isis, but history suggests otherwise

The West likes to think that 'civilisation' will defeat Isis...

...but history suggests otherwise
The bald truth: How one author's thinning hair made him a Wayne Rooney sympathiser

The bald truth

How thinning hair made me a Wayne Rooney sympathiser
Froome wins second Tour de France after triumphant ride into Paris with Team Sky

Tour de France 2015

Froome rides into Paris to win historic second Tour
Fifteen years ago, Concorde crashed, and a dream died. Today, the desire to travel faster than the speed of sound is growing once again

A new beginning for supersonic flight?

Concorde's successors are in the works 15 years on from the Paris crash