Lucas tells Liverpool new boys to brace for fandemonium

Lucas Leiva says Liverpool’s new recruits will wonder what hit them when adoring fans of the iconic Premier League club welcome them to Australia and Asia.

Brendan Rodgers' men can expect a rapturous reception when they take on Thai Premier League XI in Bangkok, followed by games against A-League sides Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United before returning via Malaysia.

It’s something the likes of Danny Ings, Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez - who have joined from Burnley, Southampton and Charlton Athletic respectively - have never experienced.

"We still have a few days to go but over there they will have an idea about what Liverpool is about," Lucas told

"They know a lot but when you travel so far away from Liverpool and get that reception they will realise how big this club is and as I said hopefully they will settle very quickly.

"It just makes you realise how big the club is in terms of the amount of fans and anywhere in the world you go you get a good reception.

"This tour is always good because we can speak with people that don't have a chance to come to Liverpool to watch games and it will be a great opportunity for them."

The Reds have lost some big names over the off-season with club legend Steven Gerrard making the switch to the MLS with LA Galaxy, and wantaway winger Raheem Sterling close to finalising a big money transfer to Manchester City.

It will be up to experienced duo James Milner and Roberto Firmino to try and fill the void.

"Of course we lost a lot of important players but the players that are coming, they will try to not replace them but try to adapt to our squad and perform the way they did at their previous club," Lucas said.

"That's why they are here and we will make everything possible for them to adapt very well.

"In my case with Firmino, I have been doing this for many years now with the new players, Brazilians especially, coming into the country and the club and trying just to help them to settle quickly.

"Hopefully, if they can perform as soon as possible, it will be better for us."