Striker Daniel Sturridge could be fit enough to feature against former club Manchester City on Saturday, says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
Sturridge has not played under Klopp and has managed 242 minutes all season because of hip and knee injuries.
Klopp said: “He is as fit as he can be after a long break. Of course he is not at 100% and we have to see.
“But because he is that skilled maybe we should [include him]. As a striker sometimes five minutes are enough.”
The England international scored 24 times as Liverpool came close to the Premier League title in 2013-14 but has scored just six league goals since after a succession of injuries.
Klopp has warned the 26-year-old that he now needs a lengthy spell of training to return to full fitness.
“For four-and-a-half weeks he has not trained; no cycling, running, nothing,” he said.
“Everyone wants to see more of Daniel on the pitch so you have to train but we have to find the right balance.
“His quality is outstanding, we don’t have to talk about this, but everyone needs training.”
Captain Jordan Henderson, who has been out since mid-August with a heel problem and then a broken bone in his foot, is expected back in training next week.
And Klopp revealed that defender Mamadou Sakho, who sustained medial ligament damage against Crystal Palace, is not as seriously hurt as first thought.