The Reds captain returned to action after a month on the sidelines last week as the Reds drew 2-2 with Birmingham City.
And after pulling out of England’s World Cup 2010 preparations, the midfielder has been concentrating on regaining his fitness for this weekend’s crunch clash.
“I felt very tired after the Birmingham game, as I wasn’t really ready to return and I’d done very little training in the three weeks beforehand,” he said.
“It took me two or three days to recover from that game but I have spent the past week doing strengthening work and I’m feeling a lot better now. I’m looking forward to the weekend. There’s no mental hurdle to cross.
“I’ve had a problem in my groin that has taken a while to get over but I’m just relieved the second injection seems to have done the trick.
“It’s a case of so far so good and the aim now is to make sure I get a good week’s training under my belt so I’m ready for the game with City.”