Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has received a huge boost after long-term injury victim Jose Enrique returned to training.
The Spaniard was side-lined during much of the last campaign after suffering a knee injury in November.
And with Valencia loanee Aly Cissokho failing to make the impact expected last season, Jon Flanagan became the only consistent choice for Rodgers at full-back.
The manager is desperately seeking a new left-back to bolster the squad but has failed to agree terms with Sevilla for Alberto Moreno.
And while recent reports claimed the Reds are set to renew their efforts to sign the Spanish international, Rodgers has received a boost in the form of Enrique's return.
Enrique trained with the rest of the squad on Monday at the club's Melwood training ground and is looking forward the next season.
"I've been here for a week already I've been here since last week and I'm really happy - I've been waiting for this moment for so long. I'm feeling great. I'm really happy to try to be playing games again. I've been working in the summer and I've been here for the last week. I've been working quite a lot in fitness terms," he said to Liverpool official website.
"You can work on your own, but when you work with other people it's different. They told me little by little, I have to be careful, because I don't want a setback.
"I've been working with the physios; I only stopped for a week but for the rest of the holidays, I have been working because I have to be completely fit for this season."
"Next season we have four competitions so everyone is going to have games. That's even better for my teammates and me as well.
"If you don't have a chance in one competition, you're going to have a chance in another competition. Everyone is looking forward.
"Of course, there are still so many players to come from the World Cup. But I see everyone so excited; the atmosphere is amazing, like always, so everyone is really looking forward to it."