Daniel Agger’s woes at Liverpool started in September when he tore his abdominal muscle during a training mishap.
His injury forced him to miss out matches against Swansea and an integral Capital One Cup face-off against the Red Devils.
His return to form was during their dismantling of Fulham last Saturday, where his influence in the Liverpool backline helped the team keep a clean sheet for the first time in nine matches.
"It's been difficult," admitted Agger. "It's hard to describe and I want to play every time in every single game, so when you're not playing it's difficult. But, when that is said, I just have to work even harder every single day in training, not complain and just do everything that little bit extra.
"I feel I belong there. I feel I'm more than capable of being in the team, but it's the manager's decision.
“Sometimes that's difficult to change in training. You need to grab the chance when it's there and that's what football is about, taking your chances.
“There has always been competition for places at this club and it should always be intense. That's a good thing because we want to win something."
Football giants such as Barcelona and Manchester City have recently shown interest in the Danish footballer during the recent transfer windows.
This has prompted rumours that Agger just might consider a move from Liverpool to greener pastures.
"To be honest, that's nothing to do with me. I know I'm here and as long as I'm doing everything to be in that team and I feel I'm good enough and the manager can use me, then I'll be here.
"I've trained hard these last few weeks and I've trained a lot, so physically I'm probably better now than I was before.
“When you haven't played for a while, you need to get the timing right and you need to get your confidence right on the pitch and that takes some time, but I think we did OK against Fulham.
“We kept a clean sheet which is always good as a defender."
"You can see that desire on the pitch. It wasn't just a good performance against Fulham, scoring four goals and keeping a clean sheet.
“We were running a lot. We were working for each other and if you want to finish in the top four in the Premier League, that's important.
“That's more important than maybe the quality."