By FOX SPORTS staff
Liverpool's cross-town rivals Everton sit one place and five points ahead of Brendan Rodgers' side in the Premier League table.
Speaking to the club's official website, Lucas admits that the Reds are looking to secure three points in the upcoming derby to close in on David Moyes' men and eventually leapfrog them in the standings.
"We still have a chance of catching Everton and that's our target, we know we have to win if we want to finish a position higher than we are now," he stated.
"It's been a difficult season for us but we have to keep going. We still have three games remaining and the chance to get nine more points. The manner of our victory against Newcastle showed the character of everyone."
Former Liverpool player John Aldridge thoroughly enjoyed the team's resounding 6-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday and he applauded Rodgers for readjusting his tactics to make up for top scorer Luis Suarez's absence.
"Brendan Rodgers got his tactics spot on with a formation designed to make up for the loss of Suarez," Aldridge wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.
"It worked a treat with [Philippe] Coutinho playing in that central role behind Daniel Sturridge. That has be the way forward for the rest of the season. Coutinho has got goals in him and he will create a lot for others as well."
There was plenty of magic from Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge at St James' Park, but the fixture also marked Fabio Borini's first goal in the Premier League. The Italian has endured a torrid maiden campaign for the Reds and Aldridge hoped that the former Inter Milan man's injury-plagued days were behind him.
"I was delighted to see Fabio Borini come off the bench at Newcastle to open his Premier League account for the club, it will be a real weight off his shoulders and that goal will do him the world of good," he stated.
"He's had a bad time with injuries but he's up and running now and Saturday should be great for his confidence. Borini worked his socks off when he came on and his movement before the goal was excellent."
Liverpool welcome Everton to Anfield for their Premier League game this Sunday.