RAFA BENITEZ insists he is happy with the progress Alberto Aquilani is making as he plots his return to action.
The Italian midfielder made the switch to Anfield in a £20million deal from Roma last month.
Aquilani has spent the past three weeks continuing his rehabilitation at Melwood following the ankle surgery he underwent back in May.
The 25-year-old is unlikely to make his debut before the start of October but Benitez is confident he will be worth the wait.
'Alberto is improving,' Benitez revealed. 'We were talking before about six to eight weeks and after a few weeks his ankle is much better but he will need time.
'He's in the swimming pool and in the gym and working with the physios but he's not jogging yet.
'We cannot put a date on things and it's important to just see how he progresses.
'We are checking on him regularly and he had a scan in the past week which showed he is much better.
'It's just a case of keeping an eye on him every day. When he does start to play everyone will see what a clever player he is.'