Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has made an early return to pre-season in an effort to regain full fitness.
The £35 million January signing missed the end of last season through injury, and after a holiday in Barbados returned to Melwood ahead of the rest of the squad.
Working alongside a handful of youth players and coaches, the former Newcastle forward is hoping to be in peak condition for August 13th and the big kick-off against Sunderland.
Carroll's career at Anfield has been somewhat stunted thus far, with the 22-year-old making his debut on March 6th against Manchester United and only appearing five more times in the Barclays Premier League.
However, the England international will be hoping to make a bigger impact alongside Luis Suarez next season, and the future looks bright for the Merseysiders under Kenny Dalglish.