Jordan Henderson hopes he is “not too far away” from returning for Liverpool after their “outstanding” performance at Manchester City.
Liverpool thrashed City 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening to move to within six points of a top-four place, but Henderson was again forced to watch from the sidelines.
The Reds captain has not played since breaking his foot in training in September but hopes to make his first appearance under Jurgen Klopp sooner rather than later.
“I’m getting there,” he told Sky Sports. “This is one of the longest periods of time I’ve been out for and that has been tough for me.
“Hopefully I’m not too far away now.”
Once back, Henderson hopes he can play a part in more performances as good as the one at City.
“I thought the lads were outstanding from start to finish,” said Henderson. “Hopefully that can set a standard for us for the rest of the season.
“That shows how well we can play and we just need the consistency and to keep playing with the freedom that we did on Saturday.
“The manager has made a big impact and he’s been fantastic for Liverpool and for the Premier League.
“Hopefully we can keep learning from him and improving.”
Henderson was speaking at a charity ball for the James Milner Foundation, which supports a number of charities including Bloodwise, Help for Heroes and the NSPCC.