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Lucas Leiva hopes Liverpool FC captain Steven Gerrard will be fit for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg against Chelsea FC – even if it means missing out on a place in the team himself.
Gerrard sat out Saturday's 2-0 win at Fulham FC having damaged his neck in training, raising doubts about his participation at Anfield as Liverpool face Chelsea in the last four for the third time in four seasons. However, the England midfielder has returned to training and is expected to play, probably at the expense of Lucas – who will be more than happy to stand aside if Liverpool have their inspirational leader back in the starting lineup. "Gerrard is our captain and a very good player," said the twice-capped Brazilian international. "He can score a lot of goals, helping the team a lot, so I think he is one of our most important players and hopefully he will be fit."
Asked whether he believes he will feature against Chelsea, the 21-year-old midfielder, who has made six appearances in this season's competition, replied: "I don't know – you will have to ask the manager. Of course I would like to play because it will be a very good game. When I came to Liverpool, I wanted to be involved in games like these, so hopefully I will help the team. If I stay on the bench, I will also try to help."
With Chelsea fighting for trophies on two fronts, having closed the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester United FC before those sides meet on Saturday, there have been suggestions that Avram Grant's men may be distracted from the task at hand against Liverpool. Lucas thinks otherwise. "We know how much Chelsea are trying to win the Premier League and also the Champions League, but we are also focused on the league because we need to guarantee fourth place," said the player signed from Grêmio Foot-ball Porto Alegrense last year. "I think it will be the same for both teams."
The Merseysiders have won the clubs' two previous semi-final meetings in this tournament, although they had home advantage in the second leg in both cases. This time the situation is reversed, and Lucas promises that Liverpool will give 100 per cent for their "amazing" fans in order to build a lead to defend in the return fixture in west London on 30 April. "It's always important to win, especially the first game because we would have more confidence for the away game," he said. "We have the first game at home, with our supporters behind us, and it's better if we can win with a clean sheet because we know how difficult it is to play at Stamford Bridge."
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