Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish says the club will be cautious over whether to play striker Luis Suarez in the early stages of the Premier League, but that he could feature soon.
The Uruguayan forward, who was instrumental in his country’s Copa America win this summer, is due to return to Anfield next week.
And Dalglish was quoted as saying by The Guardian: “Luis will be back next week.
“We'll start thinking about him then.
“We'll just see with Luis when he comes in.
“He's had a fantastic summer. He's done fantastically in the Copa America both as an individual and as a team player.
“He should be pretty happy with himself and pretty confident looking forward to the start of the season.”
Suarez, who signed for Liverpool in January in a £22.8 million deal, had a holiday before the tournament, and Dalglish will be hoping to have him back as soon as possible, with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel unavailable due to injury.
The Scot added: “We need to be careful with every player.
“We'll see how he is when he comes in and have a discussion with him.
“We can't predict how he is going to be like.”
Last week Goal.com exclusively revealed that Liverpool’s working plan is for Suarez to miss the first game of the Premier League season against Sunderland and to be on the bench in the second, away to Arsenal, with his first start aimed to be at home to Bolton on August 27.
The Uruguayan’s burgeoning partnership with fellow January arrival Andy Carroll is seen as key to Liverpool’s ambitions, and Dalglish confirmed that the England striker is on track after injury troubles last season.
“Andy is fit and well – better than he was last season when he was getting over his injury,” he said.
“Every single one of them has trained really well.
“I don't have any problem with any of them.
“If they're not fit they cannot be considered but they have all looked well in training.
“They have just got to eradicate some of the mistakes they have made in the pre-season matches and improve their fitness which is what they're doing.”
Liverpool’s final pre-season match is on Saturday at home to Valencia.