Liverpool are hopeful that their injury worries will have significantly eased by the time they travel to face Manchester City next Saturday.
But there is optimism that the picture will look far brighter once the squad reconvenes ahead of a meeting with the Premier League champions.
Alexis Mac Allister will, of course, be available again after serving a one-match suspension resulting from five yellow cards.
And there is also positive news on the fitness of four stars who missed out due to injury in recent weeks.
But This Is Anfield understands both men were sidelined only by minor issues that it is expected will have cleared for the visit to the Etihad Stadium.
But the Dutchman will face fresh midfield competition from Curtis Jones going into next weekend, with the young Scouser set to be available again after hamstring trouble.
Stefan Bajcetic could well be following a similar timeline as the Reds take a cautious approach to his recovery following a recent setback.
Right-back Conor Bradley is further along in his recovery, stepping up his rehab at the AXA Training Centre in recent weeks as he nears a return.