Fernando Torres now seems almost certain to make his comeback from a hamstring strain in Liverpool's Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom at Anfield on Saturday.
The striker has not played since the last international break on October 15, missing six matches including Tuesday's Champions League draw with Atletico Madrid, meaning he has missed both matches against his former club.
But Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez said: "I believe Torres will be ready for the West Brom game at the weekend."
He added: "It all depends on Fernando, he was not happy with his fitness so he did not play against Atletico.
"He said he was not confident, so you cannot take any risks with a hamstring injury.
"I will talk to the player during the rest of the week to see how he is after each training session. But I will also talk with the physio and the doctor for their view. But how Fernando feels will be the key."
And captain Steven Gerrard, who grabbed the penalty equaliser against Atletico, cannot wait to see Torres back in action.
He said: "Hopefully Fernando will be ready come the weekend, we have missed him. He has been training all week and things look hopeful.
"We need to take three points against West Brom, but (Saturday's 2-1 reverse to Tottenham) has been our only defeat this season and we are more than happy with the way the season has gone so far."
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