Bryan Ruiz has declared himself fully fit and ready for a run in the Fulham first-team – starting with Monday’s night clash with Liverpool at Craven Cottage.
The Costa Rican winger, who has largely featured as a substitute since arriving on transfer deadline day for £10.5m from FC Twente, looked a lot stronger and fitter during his start last weekend at Arsenal and hopes to keep his place in the Fulham side for the visit of Liverpool on Monday. Ruiz is confident that Fulham can reproduce the same level of performance as they did at the Emirates Stadium and avenge last season’s 5-2 humbling at the hands of Kenny Dalglish’s men.
I’m fully fit now and it was really nice to play against Arsenal last weekend. I felt really good and we got a good result at the Emirates which is the most important thing. It’s going to be a tough game against Liverpool on Monday night but we’re at home and we have to try and win against every team no matter who they are.
I’ve not been frustrated this season but of course I would have liked a better start. I’m feeling really good now and strong and I hope to help the team now. We’ve got a lot of good quality players that can create chances and score goals so I’m sure we’ll do much better and improve. I’ll be doing my best to do that.
Ruiz was touched by the warmth of his reception from the Twente fans before last night’s Europa League tie.
FC Twente invited me over a couple of weeks ago and it was very nice for me. It was an emotional occasion being able to say goodbye to the supporters on the pitch.
I didn’t get to say goodbye before my move so to be given the chance to do that was good and it was a great reception. I’m very thankful for that. I have good memories of my time at FC Twente. During my two years here Twente won the championship for the first ever time so I think they recognise the job I did.