Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan has confirmed he is expected to return to action after the international break – and looking forward to battling with new signing Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo for a place in the stating line-up.
The 21-year-old defender has missed much of the pre-season after he picked a knee injury against Preston North End in a friendly on 19 July.
Flanagan admits his frustration but confirms he hopes to be ready to play the next Liverpool game against Aston Villa on 13 September.
"I don't think it will be too long now and I think I should be back after the international break if all goes well," Flanagan said to Liverpool official website.
"It has been frustrating for me but I can't dwell on it. It was tough to pick up the injury in pre-season but I've just got to forget about that now and push on.
Flanagan became a crucial player in Liverpool's amazing second part of the last campaign while covering Jose Enrique's long-term injury.
Although the Spanish left-back recently returned to action Rodgers has bolstered both flanks during the summer with Moreno and Javier Manquillo, suggesting Flanagan's playing time may be restricted this campaign.
Nevertheless, Flanagan has welcomed the competition and says he is now even more determined to challenge to regain a place in Rodgers' XI.
"It's going to be tough but I'm more determined than ever. It's a massive season for me and I just can't wait to get back now.
"There's a lot more competition for places, which is good for us. The manager has strengthened the squad with the new signings, so I've got to continue to work hard and then hopefully get a chance."