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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has handed Jurgen Klopp an injury boost after declaring himself fit as he targets first-team return.

The 29-year-old picked up a hamstring injury during the Reds' pre-season fixture Huddersfield Town in July. He missed the start of the season, but made it to the bench during the Merseyside club's 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur on 27 August.

Lucas featured for Liverpool's Under23 side against Arsenal, where he played for 45 minutes. The Brazilian is eager to feature for Klopp's side as he is targeting to make his way into the starting lineup when the club football returns after the international break.

Liverpool play their first Premier League match of the 2016/17 season at home against Leicester City. Lucas claims he is "ready to go" after admitting that he is fit enough to play the full match for the Anfield outfit.

"I'm 100% I would say. Now with the international break, I have another two weeks to train hard and I feel very fit. I would say I'm now ready to play 90 minutes," Lucas was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo.

"I didn't miss much to be honest. I was only out for three-and-a-half weeks. I did a lot of training after that, played 45 minutes for the under-23s and was on the bench for the last game. If I'd have had to come on I would have been fine.

"I'm ready to go. I think I had a very good pre-season. I missed part of it but I think I've recovered."

Lucas' return from injury will only be a massive boost for Klopp and Liverpool as they set on to take the Premier League champions in the upcoming clash at Anfield.