Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he is being cautious with Adam Lallana's return to the side after two false starts.
The England international missed the opening four months of the campaign with a thigh injury sustained in pre-season and eventually made his first appearance on November 25.
He managed 221 minutes of action over seven matches as the problem flared up on two occasions but played just over an hour before getting sent off in the under-23s defeat to Tottenham on Monday.
Klopp said: “He is in good shape, really quick, he looks fresh and looks good and you think ‘What can we do with him?’ but we did it twice now.
“I don’t think it was too early when we did it, but it happened twice so we need to settle a little and then use Adam.
“There are still, I don’t know, hopefully 18, 19, 20 games to go for us and that’s enough for him.”