Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has endured plenty of hardship and criticism in his career at Anfield, but ever since he helped the club mount a title challenge two seasons ago, reviews on his performance have generally been pretty positive.
An ongoing battle with plantar fasciitis, however, has kept him either sidelined or below 100 percent for much of this season. He said after Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Tottenham that his foot was starting to feel better, though it still hurts him at times.
"I feel as though I'm getting back to where I want to be," Henderson said to the Echo. "After games it still gets a bit sore but it's much better than how it was and that's pleasing,"
"I feel as though now I'm starting to get back to the physicality - that's a big part of my game. When that's correct then everything else seems to flow much better. I felt good against Spurs."
Still, Henderson, who serves as the engine of Liverpool's midfield, knows that it will be difficult to return to full strength with such a busy schedule ahead. The Reds play Borussia Dortmund on Thursday in the Europa League, and he figures to be a key figure in their starting eleven for that game.
"When it completely goes [away] will be whenever I have a rest. But I'm not sure if I'll have one of them any time soon," he said. "Until then I just have to manage it."