Of course it’s a shame to lose Pepe but this is a big chance for Doni. He has been waiting a long time to make his debut and now he has three matches, he will try to take his chance. I remember that friendly he played against Rangers earlier in the season. He was unlucky as he got injured and had to come off that night but when he was on the pitch he was our best player. He showed what he can do with some great saves. I first met Doni when we were both part of the national squad. In 2007 he was the first choice ‘keeper going into the Copa America and played a really important part in Brazil winning that tournament. He saved two penalties in the semi-final win over Uruguay. I wasn’t involved in the team at that time but I was watching closely and I could see Doni was a very good goalkeeper. He was also part of the squad at the last World Cup but then a new manager came in with new ideas. Obviously with not playing games since he came to Liverpool that’s made trying to get back into the national squad really difficult but he has trained well and he’s ready to play. I’m sure he will do well for us.
Lucas on Doni’s first competitive game for Liverpool