By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens

Sergio Aguero is targeting Manchester City’s Premier League showdown with Liverpool for his comeback.

The striker has been out since 9 October with a hamstring injury sustained on international duty with Argentina.

But Aguero is keen on handing City a timely boost by returning to the team on 21 November, when they host Liverpool at Etihad Stadium in a Saturday evening kick-off.

“I don’t think I’m too far away now,” said Aguero. “Physically, I feel good and I’ve kept as fit as I can during my lay-off.

“I still need to work hard for another week and if not this week, then maybe next, I hope to start training with the rest of the lads and so and my target is Liverpool.

“I’ll take things slowly and not rush into anything, but I’m not far away.”

The 27-year-old has been out of action since he tore his left hamstring while chasing a long ball downfield during Argentina’s 2-0 defeat to Ecuador.

Initial estimations were that Aguero could miss a month but Football Insider revealed on 11 October that Aguero had a Grade Two hamstring injury and would be sidelined for up to six weeks.

The prolific striker has missed seven matches since his last appearance for City on 3 October, when he scored a remarkable five goals in a 6-1 mauling of Newcastle.

“It’s a nice feeling, especially when you score five goals but the most important thing is that the team wins,” Aguero said.

Absent friend: Sergio Aguero has been sorely missed over the last month

Absent friend: Sergio Aguero has been sorely missed over the last month

“All games are different and I’m focusing on just getting back and feeling good and if I feel good, hopefully the goals will come again but as I say, the team winning is more important than individual glory.

“It’s a long campaign and there’s a lot of games to go but we’re happy to be at the top of the table at the moment.”

City have coped reasonably well in Aguero’s absence but he was sorely missed last Sunday, when they drew 0-0 at Aston Villa and Wilfried Bony was substituted midway through the first half with a hamstring injury.

The Argentine added: “We need to focus on what we’ve been doing and keep it going because we have an important game coming up against Liverpool and the result at Aston Villa wasn’t exactly what we’d wanted.”