Now fully involved again, the 31-year-old is relishing the chance to play his part in one of the most open title races in recent memory, and is hoping the Reds can steal a march on their rivals in the coming weeks...
What’s your verdict on the season so far?
Obviously we’ve had quite a few draws and haven’t played as well as we can at times, but we’ve still been able to dig out results and are in a good position. Getting results is tough nowadays and we’ve seen some surprising results. I think that’s down to the fact that there are so many good players in the league now and anyone can beat anyone. I think it’s better for the Premier League and it makes things a lot more interesting because you’re never too sure what results are going to come out on a Saturday afternoon.
If someone had said at the start of the season we’d have drawn seven league games by the end of November you’d have worried, yet the title race still wide open…
Yeah we’d maybe have thought we’d be nine or ten points behind the leaders, but we’re not, we’re still right in there. We know winning the title isn’t going to be easy, we’re just working hard on trying to play as well as we can so we can keep driving forward and winning games.
Wayne Rooney returned to action last weekend – can he have a similar impact to that which he made last season?
We certainly hope so. His form and goalscoring record over the last six seasons has been fantastic, but he also has such a big part in making the play and you need someone like that in your team.