Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has received an injury boost after youngster Jon Flanagan confirmed he was ready to return to action.
The versatile defender has been sidelined for much of pre-season preparations after suffering a knee injury against Preston North End on 19 July.
And now he says is on the verge of returning to action while hoping to regain a place in the starting line-up despite the signings of Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno.
"A massive club like Liverpool are always going to sign top players. Moreno and Manquillo play in my position but that will just make me work harder," he told Liverpool's official website.
"Having good players around you pushes you on. Hopefully I'll get back in the team. Things went well for me last season and I want to build on that."
Flanagan played a crucial part last season, consistent as a back-up for Rodgers in both defensive flanks during Glen Johnson's and Jose Enrique's absences.
"I just kept my head down, worked hard and finally I got a chance. Last season couldn't have gone any better for me. Playing for England was another great experience. I didn't expect to get on. It was an amazing way for the season to finish."
While Flanagan's return is imminent he will not be able to feature against Tottenham on Sunday after last season's encounter when he scored his first senior goal against Spurs in the 5-0 win at White Hart Lane.
"That was a special moment for me. Team-wise, everything clicked on the day and to get a goal was just a brilliant feeling.
"I'm just gutted I won't be involved there this season. Spurs look strong and will be looking to get back in the Champions League places this season.
"But Sunday is the chance for us to go there and put a marker down by getting the three points."