Liverpool summer signing Jordan Henderson is happy to fight for his place in the starting line-up as club captain Steven Gerrard prepares to return to action.
The Reds' skipper made a handful of substitute appearances for Kenny Dalglish's side last month following a spell on the sidelines with a groin injury, and after missing England's 2-2 draw with Montenegro on Friday could be ready to start against Manchester United this weekend.
His return puts extra pressure on the other midfielders to battle for their place in the side, but Henderson insists the situation won't phase him and he'll just concentrate on his own game at Anfield.
"I am not really worried about that (Gerrard's return), I think it's part and parcel of football," Henderson told the official Liverpool website.
"Obviously Stevie is a massive player and is going to play in most games, but I just need to concentrate on what I need to do and make sure I work hard every day in training. Given the opportunity, I need to take it and make sure I stay in the team.
"Obviously the derby is a massive game and everybody wants to play in it, so I was a little bit disappointed not to start, but the team did brilliantly and got a great result and I was fortunate to come on as well. There were still a lot of positives to come out of the game and hopefully I can start the next one."
Henderson is set to skipper England U21s on Monday night against Norway, adding further to his growing reputation as a star of the future for club and country.
His rapid rise began at Sunderland under manager Steve Bruce, and the 21-year-old believes he's settled into life on Merseyside well following the reported £16 million move.
"I think I have settled in okay. I am enjoying my time there and the lads have been brilliant, as well as the fans," he concluded.
"I now need to kick on and do even better."
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