Kenny Dalglish has refused to rule out the possibility of Alberto Aquilani playing a part in Liverpool's revival.
The 26-year-old has been out on loan at Juventus this season having failed to impress since he was signed in the summer of 2009 for £17million.
However, Dalglish is a known admirer of the talented playmaker and it now seems more than likely he will return to Anfield for the new season.
Juventus have missed the deadline by which a deal for the Italy international should have been concluded and the Reds boss has stated he would welcome him back.
"There's a distinct possibility he could be back here. He's a quality player," he said.
"He got off to a bad start here with his injuries and never really got going after missing pre-season.
"He went out on loan and has done very well over there. If he was to come back here, for me that would be like a new face coming in."
As well as Aquilani, Emiliano Insua, Philipp Degen and Nabil El Zhar will all return after being sent out on loan by former boss Roy Hodgson.
The reshaping of the Liverpool squad is further complicated by what to do with fringe players like Joe Cole and Milan Jovanovic.
But Dalglish insists he will not make any rash decisions on players and that everyone will be judged on merit.
"They are still our players unless someone comes and takes them away from us," he added.
"We've got to assess what we need, and that includes the players who have been out on loan.
"They'll assess where they've been and the other club will assess them.
"Alberto is the highest profile but we've got decisions to make on those players but it may be dictated to by someone else making up their own mind.
"We've not had time to sit down and discuss the players who have been out on loan apart from Alberto."
What will the outcome be?
Aston Villa win