Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara is not ready for action yet but is back in training, coach Jurgen Klopp has revealed.
The midfielder has missed a huge chunk of Liverpool's campaign so far, after he picked a knee injury during the Merseyside derby against Everton in October.
Speaking ahead of the weekend match against West Brom, Klopp revealed the former Bayern Munich star is yet to make full-team training, but they are positive he will be back soon.
He however had some good news as James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri will be in contention against Sam Allardyce's side.
“Thiago made his first steps back towards team training. He is not involved in the full session but makes good steps and after, unfortunately, the long time he is out now, we cannot and will not rush it.
“The other guys are further, or closer. Shaq trained really good and Millie, yesterday full session, today then a little bit adapted.
“It is a new situation for us; we have still two more training days until we have to make decisions.
“It looks good, but I don’t know. Thiago will not be involved, he has to first be in full training sessions and then we start thinking about it. He is not too far away, I hope.”
The Reds lead the Premier League table on 31 points, four ahead of Brendan Rodgers' Leicester City, and will hope to extend their lead.