Liverpool player Lucas Leiva has spoken to ESPN Brasil following the 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur which qualified the Reds for the EFL Cup’s quarter finals.

The Brazilian, who captained the home side, has praised Jürgen’s Klopp choice to play an alternative team: “The manager, Jurgen, showed he has confidence in all of us, in all the team, and this victory was important”.

Just like in other interviews, Lucas Leiva is still gutted to have lost two finals at the end of last season, and wants to make it sure it won’t happen again.

“We’re in the quarter finals and we hope we can reach the final, which last year, we ended up losing. So we hope to reach the final and win it this time”, he told ESPN Brasil.

Leiva has only five appearances for Liverpool this season, being mostly used by Jurgen Klopp as a central defender.

The defensive midfielder came close to leaving Anfield during last summer’s transfer window, but recently revealed to the Brazilian media the manager had spoken to him and told him he counted on him to be a part of the squad for this season.

With 320 appearances for the Reds, Leiva is playing his 10th season for the club, for whom he signed from Grêmio in 2007 for £8.5m.