Liverpool have been handed a big boost with the news that Daniel Sturridge is closing in on a return to action following a thigh injury.
The influential striker has been on the side lines since he picked up the injury while on international duty with England, and although he will miss this weekend’s game with West Ham, he could return the week after against Everton.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers says he will not rush the striker, but there is a chance he could figure in the Merseyside derby if he comes through training without any problems next week.
“Daniel is doing well and is out on the field doing some work,” said Rodgers.
“He should hopefully be back training at some point next week and will have a chance for the derby.
“We wouldn’t rush him back because of one game. Unless he’s fit enough to produce for us then I wouldn’t rush it.”
Glen Johnson could also return to training over the weekend, but it is not all good news as Joe Allen will be out for a few weeks with a knee injury.
“Glen should be back training over the course of the weekend but it looks like we’ll be without Joe for two or three weeks,” Rodgers added.
“Joe twisted his knee and it has swelled up again.”
Liverpool are 1.81 favourites to win at Upton Park, with the Hammer 3.98 and the draw 3.76.