Liverpool are reportedly set to be handed a major boost as injured striker Daniel Sturridge is set to return to training next week, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that the striker will arrive in Liverpool this weekend after successfully completing his rehabilitation following a hip operation in May. The injury had restricted the player to just 18 appearances in all competitions last year.
The player is expected at Melwood to begin training, and the report claims that the striker is targeting Liverpool's clash against Manchester United on September 12 to make his competitive return to action for the Reds.
Sturridge will add to Brendan Rodgers's plethora of options in the strikers department, with Christian Benteke, Danny Ings, Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli on the books at the Merseyside club.
The 26-year-old, who had a prolific 2013/14 campaign, has spent the last four months in the United States completing his rehabilitation under the watchful eyes of the Boston Red Sox's science and medical staff.
Liverpool will reportedly take their time and ease the England international forward into first-team training as they are unwilling to risk any further injuries to the player, who suffered multiple injuries to his hip and calf during the course of last season.
Meanwhile, on a more immediate front, the Anfield club are sweating over the fitness of Jordan Henderson ahead of their clash against Arsenal on Monday (24 August).
The Reds skipper was taken off during their clash against Bournemouth with a foot injury, which he suffered a couple of days prior to their first home game of the season. The club hope he will recover and be able to take the pitch against the Gunners, in what is a crucial clash for both the top four contenders.