Eriksen provides recovery update
Christian Eriksen was able to celebrate winning the Carabao Cup with his team-mates at Sunday's final but the midfielder is hoping there will be the chance of more silverware before the season is out.
The inspired free transfer in the summer had been hugely influential in his first campaign with the Reds before being injured in the Emirates FA Cup victory over Reading.
Surgery was required on his ankle but he is on the road to recovery, with manager Erik ten Hag suggesting the Denmark international can return before the end of 2022/23.
With West Ham United up next on Wednesday as we bid to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and Real Betis to come in the Europa League, there is optimism that Eriksen can still play a part in helping the team achieve more glory this term.
"I'm feeling well," he told MUTV pitchside at Wembley. "I mean it's always boring to be in the boot and being on crutches but I've left the crutches now and am only on the boot.
"Next week, it should be gone and I'll be finally learning to walk! No, it feels good."
When asked he if he hopes he can still play in a final this term, he replied: "Yeah, definitely. Before it was four but it's now three and we've taken one. But there are so many games in between, before the next final. There will be a longer build-up if we get there. For me, there's a lot of hard work coming back, getting my place back in the team, as I mean the team is performing and the guys are winning. So it's a pleasure to watch."
Eriksen admits he is not a great watcher of football but was happy to cheer his pals on as Casemiro and Marcus Rashford scored in the 2-0 victory over the Magpies.
"You always know when you're in the stand, it's a different feeling compared to being on the pitch," he said. "It's been nice but obviously I want to play there and be there as a player. Looking in the stands is more nerve wracking than actually playing but I kept my calm. It's nice to see how happy they are. For everyone, it's a big thing and I'm just happy they won the game."
The midfielder also paid tribute to Erik ten Hag in guiding the side to success, so early into his managerial reign.
"Not many players are not happy when ending up having a manager who wins trophies," he added. "We want to be able to win trophies and he is giving us the base to do that. The players are doing it on the pitch but he has put the guidelines and the structure of the games and picked his teams. Being in a final, first, is a big thing and winning it especially, so it's big congratulations to him."