Jordan Henderson has not given up hope of playing for Liverpool in the Europa League final but is wary of rushing his return.
The former Sunderland midfielder has not featured for the Reds since the start of April after suffering knee ligament damage in the European clash against Borussia Dortmund.
The injury was expected to keep the 25-year-old out for the remainder of the domestic season and had placed his Euro 2016 participation with England in jeopardy.
However, Henderson recently returned to training with the Liverpool first team ahead of schedule and is now hopeful he could play again for the Merseysiders before the 2015-16 season goes into the history books.
The Reds’ last game will be the Europa League final against Sevilla on May 18 and Henderson wants to make the squad for the showpiece game in Basel, although he will not be pushing himself too hard with one eye on Euro 2016.
“I’m hoping it will be sooner rather than later. I’m doing everything I can to get back fit as quickly as possible,” Henderson told Sky Sports.
“I’ve had a good week so far, so hopefully I can have another good week and see where I am at the end of that. I’m being very positive, I’m working very hard and hopefully it’s sooner rather than later.
“That [Europa League final] would be the main priority for me. It would be huge just to be involved and I’d love to be a part of that if I could.
“At the same time I’ve got to make sure that my knee is right because I don’t want to do myself further damage.”