Liverpool fans could get a first glimpse of record signing Andy Carroll in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United at Anfield.
As the £35million striker continues his rehabilitation from a long-standing thigh injury, Kop fans are eagerly anticipating the introduction of their new target man.
Carroll hasn’t played since the 28 December in a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur for former club Newcastle United, and he was left out of Liverpool’s reserve game against Blackburn Rovers on Monday – which suggests he could be involved with the first-team squad this weekend.
Liverpool are also sweating on the fitness of a number of senior players, but assistant manager Steve Clarke is hopeful that Raul Meireles, Daniel Agger and Fabio Aurelio will all be passed fit to face United.
Meireles picked up a knock in last Sunday’s defeat at West Ham United along with Martin Kelly who has been ruled out for a month after tearing his hamstring. Clark though is hopeful Meireles will play despite suffering a knee injury at Upton Park.
"We're hopeful,” he said. “He had a little problem with his knee and as a precaution at the start of the second half we thought it was better to take him off. That gives him a better chance of being ready for the next game.”
Carroll meanwhile completed a full training session at Liverpool’s Melwood headquarters yesterday, and having come through seemingly unscathed it looks increasingly likely that manager Kenny Dalglish will include the England striker in his squad for the crucial game against Manchester United.