Andy Carroll has returned to training as Liverpool prepare for a particularly big week, with the side receiving a boost from their striker as they aim to win a second trophy for the season this weekend.

The Reds play Fulham tonight in the league, and will be gunning for three points against the west Londoners as they build up their confidence in preparation for the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday.

And while Carroll missed Saturday's game against Norwich with a niggling injury, Kenny Dalgilsh has confirmed he will be back in the frame for Liverpool tonight.

"He's training today," he told the official Liverpool website. "It was just a niggle.

"Players are either going to be rested or they are going to play to give them the best possible opportunity to be available for Saturday, and Andy comes into the category. The safest thing to do was rest him on Saturday."

Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll has made a return to the Liverpool fold.

Meanwhile, Jose Enrique insists that while the Fulham game tonight won't have a great effect on Liverpool's standing in the table, the side desperately want to win to get their spirits up before the Cup final.

"It was a good start to a big week for us," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"We have to beat Fulham first before we think about the cup final.

"I know we aren't playing for anything in the league but it's important for us to get three points to get some confidence ahead of the final.

"It's a home game and we want to do well. Then we have an amazing final to prepare for."

Enrique also reserved special praise for Luis Suarez, who has come into good form for Liverpool of late and scored a hat-trick to take the side past Norwich last weekend.

He explained: "It was an amazing performance from Luis. I don't think I've ever seen a better hat-trick than that.

"I told him after the game that he just needed a little bit of luck.

"I know he will score many more goals here in the Premier League."

Liverpool are currently eighth in the table, and are two points behind cross-town rivals Everton. The Anfield club are already guaranteed Europa League qualification after their Carling Cup win, and are too far away now to be in the race for the Champions League.