Meireles to make Villa game

Portuguese midfielder returns to Dalglish's thoughts for Villa trip

Meireles: Ready to make his return to action

Dalglish: Hoping to avoid any more knocks

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Kenny Dalglish has confirmed that Raul Meireles will come back into contention for Liverpool's trip to Aston Villa.

The Portuguese midfielder sat out the Reds' home defeat to Tottenham last weekend after taking a knock in his previous outing against Fulham.

He has been able to shake off that problem and return himself to Dalglish's thoughts for a final day showdown with Villa.

Liverpool insist they will not be taking any unnecessary risks on those carrying slight niggles, but are confident Meireles no longer falls into that category.

"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."

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

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

Egos knocked

Dalglish has no fresh injury concerns to contend with ahead of the weekend and he is hoping Liverpool can negotiate the final few days of the season without picking up any more problems.

"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," added Dalglish.

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

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