Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has expressed his disappointment with a lack of first-team action at present, but believes that he will have to be patient and wait for his chance.
The Brazilian has found his chances limited at Anfield this term, featuring in a total of ten Premier League matches for the team out of the 20 they have played.
The 30-year-old is not happy with the action he has managed thus far and believes that at this juncture of his career he needs to be playing.
However, the defensive midfielder refuses to be pessimistic, insisting that the best place for him to be right now is Liverpool.
With the side enjoying a decent run of form at present, Lucas insists that extending his stay at Anfield will depend on whether they can challenge for trophies.
"The situation is not great. It is not something I want for my future, to have not many games", Lucas told Press Association Sport.
"I don't want this for my career, especially at my age. I'm not close to retiring and have many years ahead of me.
"You want to play – we get paid to play – but I just try to be professional and help as much as I can and when I have the chance do my best.
"At this moment I have to deal with this and try to find a solution when I have the chance.
"I have to be professional, think about the team and see what is going to happen.
"The best place for me to be now is Liverpool. I cannot say [where] in one week's time, one month's time or four months' time.
"I have to judge when something comes up if it is better.
"It has been a special season already and we have a chance to win trophies and that is something I consider as well."
Lucas' contract with the Reds expires at the end of the season and the player is yet to sign a new contract with the club.