Sergio Aguero has reveled his desire to lead Manchester City's line against Liverpool on Saturday.
The Argentina forward, 27, has missed seven games with a hamstring injury sustained on international duty, having scored five goals against Newcastle United on his last City appearance.
His deputy, Wilfried Bony, has sustained a hamstring problem of his own and Aguero is optimistic that he will be in a position to step into the breach for the league's joint-leaders.
"I do hope I can play in this game," Aguero told City's website. "I'm doing everything in my power to get to the match in top condition. It's been a frustrating time."