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Lucas loves new atmosphere at Kenny's Anfield

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has praised the atmosphere at the club under manager Kenny Dalglish and urged his team-mates to push up the table in the Premier League run-in.

The Reds have endured a tumultuous season after struggling for the most part under Roy Hodgson. However, Dalglish's return to the Reds has resulted in an upturn of fortunes that has propelled the side to sixth position in the top flight.

Such a rise has put Liverpool within touching distance of a European berth, leading Brazil international Lucas to issue a rallying call to his side.

"The atmosphere is very good at the moment," he said. "The results at the moment are also better than before.

"We know how important it is for the club and for the fans so we believe we can do a lot more.

"We now have just eight games left to play and hopefully we can finish well this season and see what happens. Then we can look to the next season."

Ferguson to end boycott of BBC

Alex Ferguson is set to end his BBC boycott that began in 2004 when his son Jason, a football agent, was accused of exploiting his father's position as a means to make financial gain by watchdog programme Panorama, writes PETER CARROLL.

Plans have been made for Ferguson and BBC director general, Mark Thompson, to meet and discuss the Manchester United manager's problem with the broadcaster by Premier League chairman, David Richards.

Rules that compel managers to speak to the media were introduced earlier in the season, so it would be within the veteran coach's interest to put any hostility on the back burner to avoid the League taking action.