Anfield hero targets Old Trafford clash for comeback.
Liverpool defender Glen Johnson wants to return from his hamstring injury against Manchester United next weekend.
The 27-year-old picked up the problem in pre-season against Valencia and then aggravated the knock when appearing as a substitute at Stoke on September 10.
The England international has not featured since, but now has his sights set on United’s visit to Anfield on October 15.
“I’m feeling good at the moment and I’ve been doing plenty of running,” Johnson told the club’s website.
“I’ve just started doing ball work outside in training so I reckon it won’t be too long now.
“I’m working hard and it would be nice to be back in the squad for the Man United game. Hopefully I can make the bench anyway, so fingers crossed.”
Meanwhile assistant coach Steve Clarke insists now is the time for captain Steven Gerrard to step up his fitness work after recovering from a groin strain.
“For Steven it’s just a progression. He’s coming back from a long-term injury and we’ll try to treat him as cautiously and carefully as we can,” Clarke said.
“Obviously there will be a time when he is going to have to push on – and I think this is the time now.
“We’ve only got a very small group of players left behind because we’ve got a lot of players away on international duty.
“There were only six players training on Wednesday, but we managed to get a lot of good work into them with such a small number.
“On Thursday we’ll bring up the reserve-team squad to join in, which will give us more numbers.
“With Steven it has been well documented that we’re looking after him.
“He’s going to have to push himself in the coming weeks – and the more minutes we get into him, the better.”