Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said there is no timeline on when Daniel Sturridge will make his first competitive appearance of the season after he returned to first team training following hip surgery towards the end of last season, and said they will see over the next 24 hours as to the availability of captain Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana - who have both been absent from the Reds' last two games.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend's huge clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford, covered by the Liverpool Echo, the Reds boss did offer some encouraging words about Sturridge, saying: "Daniel looks really really sharp in training. Fittest he’s looked for 18 months.
"Our tally of goals will increase as team improves over course of the season. Daniel coming back into the fold will help that."
Rodgers made very few changes to the side during the first four games of the Premier League season, but given there has now been an international break and fixtures are starting to pile up, the Reds boss did suggest changes to the starting XI will be on the way.
Prior to the break the Reds were humiliated 3-0 at Anfield by West Ham United after what was a promising-looking start to the season where Liverpool took seven points from their opening three games, and Rodgers has said that a huge game against Manchester United provides a good opportunity to put the disappointment of the defeat to the Hammers behind them - and in particular has backed Dejan Lovren to put his own nightmare display behind him.
He added: “It’s a good opportunity for us on the back of a disappointment.
“It’s a chance to put that behind us.
“He knows he made a mistake but it was about the collective.
“In his first 3 games this season Dejan showed he has the quality and the consistency to perform well.
“Now he has to show character, I’m sure he’ll do that."