Lucas Leiva Embracing Role as Mentor to Young Liverpool Players Like Jay Spearing


Lucas Leiva says he's ready to take on a new role with Liverpool — as a mentor.

Lucas will be mentoring the team's younger players, including up-and-coming midfielder Jay Spearing, according to 

After a win against Manchester City on Saturday at Anfield, Lucas spoke about Spearing rather than himself.

"Jay is a very good lad and he likes to listen to the experienced players," the Reds' midfielder said. "I'm young but I'm more experienced than him, so he likes to listen and he asks for advice.

"I think he's doing really well at the moment and he's another player that has come through the academy and that's what the fans want to see, a few young players coming into the team and doing well."

Lucas said he often goes to other teammates for advice himself. He cited veteran players like Pepe Reina and Jamie Carragher as mentors who are always willing to help younger players in the club.

The Brazilian has been having possibly his most successful season yet with the Reds, finally becoming a regular starter. In 33 games, Lucas has scored one goal and added two assists.

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