Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard could make his return from a hamstring injury against Manchester City on Sunday.
The England midfielder suffered the tear in the Merseyside derby on February 4 and was initially expected to be out for three weeks, but Reds manager Rafael Benitez has opened the door for a potential return from the bench at the weekend.
Benitez told www.liverpoolfc.tv: "Maybe he could be on the bench against City but we don't know."
The Champions League clash with Real Madrid was thought to be his most likely target for a return, but Benitez added: "He is improving. In these situations each day is important. He is working with the medical staff and is progressing.
"Normally he is a player who recovers quickly. He needs less time than other players.
"I was surprised because the Spanish press said he'd play some minutes this weekend and then play against Real Madrid, but the truth is we don't know yet.
"He wants to play every single game. He knows the game against City will be very important, and also the Real Madrid one too."
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