Kenny Dalglish has confirmed Raul Meireles is in contention to face Aston Villa on Sunday after returning to training - but insists no risks will be taken with his fitness.

The Portugal midfielder missed Liverpool's defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend after sustaining a knock against Fulham but could return for the Europa League decider at Villa Park.

Dalglish told "He is training, so I think we should have him in and around the game for Sunday.

"We won't take any chances, but we expect him to be fit."

Meanwhile, the boss reported no other fresh injury concerns ahead of the clash with Villa, though he will further assess the condition of his squad following the reserves' Senior Cup clash with Everton at the Academy on Friday afternoon.

Dalglish added: "There are one or two other knocks, but mostly it was down to their egos being banged by losing to Tottenham, which isn't a bad thing.

"There's not too many that should be missing from the squad on Sunday.

"There's a reserve game today against Everton, which some of the young lads are playing in, so we hope they don't pick any knocks either."

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