Jones feeling good
Phil Jones says he is feeling “fit and strong” since making his comeback from a long injury lay-off earlier this month.
The defender had not featured this season until the Champions League away trip to Galatasaray on 20 November following knee surgery earlier in the campaign. And after coming through the 90 minutes unscathed and a cameo appearance in the latter stages of the Reds’ win over West Ham in midweek, Jones says he is looking to kick on with his match fitness and performances in the coming weeks.
“I feel good and fit and strong,” Jones told us. “Obviously I haven’t played a lot of minutes yet, I’ve had one full game, but I felt good. I’d done a lot of work in the gym and worked on my strength and conditioning so I went into that game relatively confident in myself. I got through the 90 minutes and felt comfortable.
“Now, I’ve just got to knuckle down, train well and when I get the chance perform well. Hopefully I can get a few more games under my belt and get up to speed with my match fitness. It may take a few games to get back to that level but I’m champing at the bit and I hope I can pick up some more minutes as the season progresses.”
Jones is full of praise for his team-mates this term after coming back into a side that has qualified for the Champions League knock-out stages with ease and currently leads the way at the top of the Barclays Premier League.
“We’re playing well,” he declared. “We’re passing the ball well, creating chances and scoring goals and hopefully the clean sheet against West Ham will spur us on to have more of them. It’s nice for all of us to be sat in this position [top of the league and qualified for the Champions League knock-out stages] We’re in a great position in the league and we’re hoping to kick on and really push up.”