Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has revealed that he felt good after completing 90 minutes against Arsenal at Anfield and that he is slowly but surely coming back to his best after recovering from a heel injury he has been suffering from since the start of the season. Henderson played an important role in helping the Reds secure a point against the Gunners, with Joe Allen scoring the equaliser in the last minute of normal time.
The Reds take on arch rivals Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday, 17 January and Henderson hopes that he can play an important part in getting one over the Red Devils, having suffered a 3-1 defeat in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford. A win here for Henderson's men will see them go level on points with the Red Devils, but a loss will open up an eight-point gap between themselves and fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
Henderson had previously stated that his heel problem was incurable and that only a combination of specialised footwear, injections and other nerve blockers would be able to keep his professional career on track. The England international had a flare-up again last month, but the problem is alleviating by the day, something the 25-year-old hopes is a sign of better things to come.
"It was good to get back, play 90 minutes and get through it okay," Henderson told Liverpool's official website. "Hopefully I can just keep playing and get as many games as I can because I've missed too many this season. It's getting better. I felt okay against Arsenal. Hopefully with the run of games I can keep going and keep improving."
The midfielder revealed that he is looking forward to the clash against United on Sunday, but insists that they need to iron out a few defensive flaws in training, which cost them dearly against the Gunners.
"We've got a great bunch of players and people who have come in for the lads who are injured have done really well. We've just got to stay that way, stay positive and keep trying to win games," he added.
"It's important, especially when players aren't playing and they want to start. It can be difficult, but you saw against Arsenal when Christian and Joe came on and both contributed to the equalising goal to get us a point. It was important and it was great to see.
"Against Arsenal we kept going right until the end and we managed to get the equaliser, but we've got to do that every game. We've got to make sure we do that every game. On Sunday, we've got to make sure we start the same way – start well. We're looking forward to it."