Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been handed a massive boost with the news Daniel Sturridge is back in training with the first team.
The 25-year-old striker has not kicked a ball in anger since April 8 when he sustained a hip injury in the FA Cup clash against Blackburn.
Sturridge subsequently underwent surgery before spending several months in the United States recuperating under the watchful eye of the Boston Red Sox medical staff.
The England international endured an injury-ravaged 2014/15 campaign, with thigh, calf and hip problems limiting him to just 12 Premier League appearances for the Reds.
However, he was back on the Melwood training ground on Thursday as Rodgers' side made their preparations for the clash with fierce rivals Manchester United on Saturday.
Sturridge is unlikely to be risked at Old Trafford, but he could come into contention before the Merseyside derby against Everton early next month.