Joe Gomez appears ready to hand Liverpool a major boost in their quest for the Premier League title as he trained on Friday.
The England defender has been out since the start of December after suffering a fractured leg in the win over Burnley.
Complications in his recovery meant he was forced to undergo surgery in February but he is now ready to rejoin his team-mates in their Premier League title quest.
Joe Gomez is nearing a first-team return as Liverpool prepare to face Tottenham
Virgil van Dijk takes on some fluids as Liverpool players are put through their paces
Jurgen Klopp gets to grip with his squad as they aim to keep pace with Manchester City
Liverpool sit top of the table but will be overtaken by Manchester City if they beat Fulham on Saturday ahead of the visit of Tottenham on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have seven games remaining in their bid for a first league title in 29 years and are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
While Gomez prepares for his long-awaited return to action, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to have to wait his turn.
At this stage, it seems unlikely the midfielder will be in Liverpool’s matchday squad in the immediate future as he enters the final stages of his recovery from an ACL injury suffered last April.
Mohamed Salah gets back down to business after missing the international break
Naby Keita, Dejan Lovren and Trent Alexander-Arnold are hoping to prove their fitness
Andy Robertson is fit and available after undergoing mouth surgery last week
‘How can I say this? I think one of the biggest mistakes I made was being so excited about having Ox back,’ said Klopp on Friday.
‘Not because it’s not exciting, but because then the spotlight was on the U23 game at Derby, which is pretty rare.
‘I’m pretty sure Ox felt a little bit after the last session with us, and then he played the game and felt a little bit more, and everybody was looking at him.
‘So now we keep him a little bit more in the shadow, he’s in a pretty good moment, he will train, and when he is back and ready to be properly involved again, then I will inform you. Until then I will not speak about him.’
Striker Daniel Sturridge wags his finger during a sunny training session at Melwood on Friday