Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool have been handed a major boost ahead of a tricky phase in the Premier League with the likes of Aly Cissokho, Philippe Coutinho, Glen Johnson and Joe Allen all set to return to training, according to the Daily Mirror.

Liverpool have a tough set of fixtures coming up with Arsenal, Chelea, Manchester City and Everton all lined up before the new year and Brendan Rodgers will need every help they can to keep their position among the title challengers. The Reds are currently second in the league, level on points with Arsenal but trailing on goals scored. Liverpool will have the opportunity to put some gap between themselves and the Gunners when they visit the Emirates on 2 November.

Coutinho's return will be the turning point for Rodgers who has missed the Brazilian's creativity in midfield and with the form that Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez is in, will make a formidable trio against any defence in the league. The former Swansea manager was visibly upset when the Brazilian had to be taken off and was pencilled in for surgery which has been carried through successfully.

"It's unfortunate for him because he's been in great form since he came here in January. The challenge was probably a bit clumsy but it was actually more the fall that did the damage. In those scenarios the bone may be bruised but unfortunately for Philippe the bone came through the muscle. That's what the pain was and why the operation was needed," Rodgers had said.

"He was a really pivotal player for us in the game. When he went off, we lost that connection between our midfield and the front line. It disrupted our balance a bit. Hopefully he'll recover quickly and come back to us in good shape," he added.

Rodgers has also confirmed that the quartet may be ready to start against Newcastle when the Premier League resumes on 19 October.

"Aly has trained and he should be fine and fit for the Newcastle game, and likewise Joe. Glen's out on the field and hopefully after the international break he'll be ready to come back," he concluded.