Liverpool attacking concerns ahead of the 2013/14 season have been eased by the news that Daniel Sturridge will recover from an ankle injury in time to start the new campaign.
After picking up the initial injury during England's friendly with Republic of Ireland, reports had suggested that Sturridge would miss the start of the new campaign, and amid Luis Suarez's discontent at Anfield, The Reds were left with thread-bare attacking options to open the season.
But the club have confirmed the extent of Sturridge's injury and are confident he will start the season injury free.
"Liverpool Football Club hope to have striker Daniel Sturridge available for the beginning of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League campaign," a club statement read.
"Sturridge's ankle injury has been reviewed by a specialist.
"The 23-year-old picked up the problem while representing England against the Republic of Ireland last Wednesday and was withdrawn during the first half at Wembley.
"He suffered a high ankle sprain and Liverpool's medical staff had to allow the swelling to reduce before a final assessment was made."
Sturridge netted 11 goals for Liverpool following his January move from Chelsea, including a hat-trick on the penultimate day of the season against Fulham.
With Suarez stating his intension to leave the club this summer, news of Sturridge's fitness is a big boost to Liverpool ahead of a campaign in which they will seek to further bridge the gap to the Premier League top four.
The update comes amid confirmation from Liverpool that captain Steven Gerrard will also be fit for the start of the new season despite undergoing shoulder surgery last month.
The England skipper missed the final two games of the season and reports claimed Gerrard had suffered a set-back in his recovery ahead of the start of pre-season training, but the club have quashed such reports claiming the 33 year old's recovery remains on track.