Summer signing Alberto Aquilani may have to be patient before becoming a first-team regular, according to Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez.
The 25-year-old moved to Anfield from Roma in the summer, but injury and illness have meant that he is still to make his first start for the club.
The Italy international did feature in the Carling Cup game at Arsenal and the Premier League draw with Birmingham City as a substitute after finally recovering from a serious ankle injury.
Benitez said:"Alberto wants to play for us and he is so desperate to be involved as quickly as he can but he understands the reasons he cannot start yet.
"He wants to keep improving his condition and now it is just a matter of him keeping calm as it won't be long before he is there. He is pushing us all the time.
"He is very positive and wants to help the team now but you must remember that we have a responsibility to him and we will not take any risks at this stage.
"We have got to keep analysing the situation and watching him in every training session but we know that the right time is nearly here. He has a very good mentality."