Liverpool are set to be handed a huge boost with the return of Emre Can before the end of the season, BBC Sport understand.
The midfielder has been out of action with a back problem since mid-March when he was forced off injured during the Reds’ 5-0 win over Watford at Anfield, with suggestions that his season was over.
However, following an assessment on Thursday, the signs are postive, with the German now hopeful of returning before the end of the season.
The report from the BBC claims that Can will return before the season concludes on 13 May.
Original fears were that the player would not play again this season for the club having been forced to withdraw from the German squad during the international break and miss Liverpool’s Champions League win over Manchester City.
Can’s contract situation
However, there are also concerns over his long-term future on Meyerside with Can’s contract set to expire in the summer and no new deal has been reached.
Juventus look set to sign the 24-year-old on a free transfer in the summer with the Italian champions being strongly linked with a move for him.
Liverpool 3-0 Man City (Official highlights)
Liverpool ran riot at Anfield to place one foot in the semi-finals of the Champions League through three first-half goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Saido Mane.
Poor defending from Kyle Walker gifted the Reds an early lead as his scrambled clearance allowed Salah to easily convert from just a few yards out.
Oxlade-Chamberlain then produced one of the goals of the competition as he rocketed his effort beyond Ederson to send the Kop End into utter delirium.
Mane swiftly made it three as he turned in Salah’s cross out-jumping City’s back-line to wrap up proceedings on the night and potentially Liverpool’s place in the next round.