Liverpool defender Glen Johnson hopes to face Man Utd

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson
Johnson has won 34 caps for England

Glen Johnson is hoping to face Manchester United next weekend after returning to training with Liverpool.

Johnson has endured a frustrating start to the season which has restricted him to just nine minutes of action.

The England defender has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury but has returned to training ahead of United's visit on 15 October.

"I'm working hard and it would be nice to be back in the squad for the Man United game," said Johnson.

Johnson's only appearance this season was as a substitute towards the end of the 1-0 defeat to Stoke on 10 September.

The 27-year-old former Chelsea and Portsmouth player missed the start of the season with a thigh problem he picked up in a friendly against Valencia.

He returned to fitness last month but suffered a hamstring injury against Stoke, and has not played since.

But the full-back is now targeting a return when United visit Anfield.

"Hopefully I can make the bench anyway, so fingers crossed," added Johnson.

"I'm feeling good at the moment and I've been doing plenty of running.

"I've just started doing ball work outside in training so I reckon it won't be too long now."

Steven Gerrard could also make his first start for seven months against United.

Gerrard, who underwent groin surgery after helping Liverpool defeat United 3-1 at Anfield in March, has made three substitute appearances since returning to training.