Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel is set to make his return to action in Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United at Anfield.
Skrtel, yet to feature this season, is available after recovering from a knee problem, but full-back Aly Cissokho will play no part in the contest after picking up an ankle injury in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup victory against Notts County that could see him sidelined for four to six weeks.
Two other Liverpool players who came off injured in that game, defender Kolo Touré and midfielder Joe Allen, are doubts for Sunday.
Meanwhile, Manchester United manager David Moyes could stick with the same starting line-up.
Defender Phil Jones is expected to recover from the blow to his back he sustained during Monday’s goalless draw with Chelsea.
Rafael is still out injured, whilst Nani, Jonny Evans and Javier Hernández were not involved against Jose Mourinho’s men.
David Moyes endured 11 years of Anfield misery during his reign as Everton manager, failing to win a single game across Stanley Park on derby day.
Ending that sorry sequence as Manchester United manager will be a necessity rather than an ambition, with the rivalry between the two clubs another level up on the more parochial squabbling between the Merseyside neighbours.
Liverpool, buoyed by a 100 per cent start, would love to inflict Moyes’s first defeat in his new job, so a big game feels even more momentous this time.