Lucas Leiva has revealed that he is set to return to action for the last 10 domestic games of the season. He also hopes to secure a spot with Brazil in summer's World Cup by helping Liverpool win the Premier League title.
The Brazilian midfielder has missed Liverpool's last six matches after damaging his anterior cruciate knee ligaments during the 2-2 draw against Aston Villa on January 18.
But having returned to action in Liverpool's Under-21 victory over West Ham United last Friday, he hopes to be in Brendan Rodger's plans for Sunday's crucial game against Manchester United.
"I was lucky that I wasn't out for a long time and I'm now looking forward to first-team action. Hopefully I'll be able to help the team again for the next 10 games because we know how important they are," Leiva said in an interview with Liverpool official website.
"I felt really good after the game and I'm looking forward to the next two months," he added.
With the summer World Cup on the horizon, he hopes to prove his worth with Liverpool in the final part of the season to convince manager Luiz Felipe Scolari that he deserves a place in the Brazil squad.
"That would be like a dream for me - playing for my country in Brazil. It's going to be massive, but as I said, what I do for Liverpool is what's going to get me in the Brazil squad, so I've just got to concentrate on the next 10 games and hopefully help Liverpool to do good things until the end of the season," Leiva added.
"I was disappointed I wouldn't be able to make the last international game. When you are out of the international team and squad there is always someone else who will have a chance to impress, the competition for places in the Brazil squad is so big, so that's why I'm really confident that if I have a good two months ahead then I will have a chance to play at the World Cup."