In the best indication yet that Steven Gerrard will be back this weekend, Kenny Dalglish has revealed to the official Liverpool website the star midfielder is moving forward quickly with his recovery.
Gerrard sustained a groin injury after Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester United, and required an operation which has sidelined the Liverpool captain for the last three weeks.
While an initial diagnosis put Gerrard out for possibly the rest of the season, the midfielder targeted Liverpool’s match up with West Brom this weekend to be fit and ready to play.
"I'm hoping to be in full training on Thursday and available for selection for the weekend,” he told reporters.
"It's up to Kenny whether he thinks I'm ready or not. I'm really looking forward to getting back."
Now Gerrard has made a return to training, taking to the ground at Melwood with the Liverpool squad, and even Dalglish is surprised with his fast recovery.
"Steven is training so he has done really well to get where he is," he told the Liverpool website.
"We'll have a look. He's recovered really well from the surgery he had so we'll see how he is before we decide whether he's in or out.
"He's certainly done a lot of training this week - not all the training the other lads have done, but a lot of it.”
Dalglish is quick to point out that Gerrard isn't desperately needed for the Liverpool squad, with a good back up should he not recover by this weekend.
"Two weekends ago at Sunderland, Jay [Spearing] played really well. There is no need for us to be in a rush to bring Steven back."