Liverpool captain nearing full fitness ahead of hectic December

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is close to returning to first-team action after recovering well from injury, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

Henderson has not featured for the Reds ever since the second game of the season, in which he provided the assist in a 1-0 win over Bournemouth but was forced off the field after 52 minutes with a heel problem.

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And his injuries worsened when he sustained a broken foot amid the club’s managerial change, which saw Jurgen Klopp come in to replace Brendan Rodgers at the beginning of October.

However, after Liverpool’s magnificent 4-1 victory over Manchester City on Saturday, the 25-year-old revealed that he is close to regaining full fitness.

“I’m getting there,” Henderson 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.

“I thought the lads were outstanding from start to finish. 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.”

The Merseyside club have also been boosted by the return of Daniel Sturridge, who was on the bench during their victory over City.

The Reds will face Bordeaux in a Europa League fixture this coming Thursday, before hosting Swansea at Anfield during the weekend.