Chris Kirkland has been tipped to re-build his England career and prove he is one of the most gifted keepers of his generation if a proposed move to West Brom comes off.
Bryan Robson is in the midst of a pitch battle with Scottish giants Celtic to land the 24-year-old who, just three years ago, looked all set to succeed David Seaman as England?s No 1.
Since his #8.5 million move to Liverpool during the 2001-2002 season, a series of frustrating injuries have derailed Kirkland?s route to the top.
The Leicester-born goalkeeper has had to look on while Paul Robinson has cemented his position in the England squad and his Liverpool team mates have conquered Europe.
But the former England Under-21 is determined to prove his years of injury hell are over and force his way back to the top with a season long loan at West Brom.
And the signs last night were that West Brom will win the battle for his services.
If the number one spot at Albion is a big enough lure, Kirkland?s former Coventry City team-mate and close friend Steve Ogrizovic believes he will quickly become a favourite of the fans ? and a serious England contender once again.
?I have no doubt that Chris will play for England again and he would be great for West Brom,? Ogrizovic said.
?Chris has had to endure the label ?injury prone? but all he needs is a season of first team football to prove to every one once more just what he?s capable of.
?He can get right back to the top, I?ve no doubt about that.
?He?s had a lot of bad luck as far as injuries are concerned but he?s recovered perfectly from his back problem and I know he is desperate to get back to the top.?
Kirkland hit the headlines with a sensational move from Highfield Road to Anfield at the tender age of 21 as part of a double keeper swoop by Gerard Houllier that also brought in controversial Pole Jerzy Dudek.
The Anfield deal earned City a cool #6.5 million with #2 million more to come when Kirkland plays for England and passes the 40 start mark for Liverpool.
Since then, however, Kirkland has experienced one set back after another ? despite that Ogrizovic insists he is mentally tough enough to overcome all the blows.
He said: ?The past few years have been far from ideal, but Chris has stayed strong. And no-one works harder than Chris at perfecting his talent. He would spend hours on the training ground when he was at Coventry because he is such a complete professional.
?He would be a major asset to Albion next season and I know he?d become a real favourite with the fans. They?ll love his attitude and commitment. Chris gives everything, but never gets down when things don?t go right.?
And as Oggy himself proved in a legendary career at Highfield Road, age means nothing to keepers. At 24 you are just a baby.
?I?ve reminded Chris of that a lot,? he said. ?Young keepers can get frustrated when they see outfield players getting debuts at 18.
?But they shouldn?t. Keepers mature later, but they also have a much longer career. David Seaman is the best example, still at the very top at 40.
?Edwin Van Der Saar is another keeper who is still at the top. Career moves don?t get much better than Manchester United.
?That?s another fact that?s kept Chris going. He has a long career ahead of him.?
Another factor in Albion?s favour in the war to sign Kirkland is Joe Corrigan, the Albion goalkeeping coach. Kirkland loved working with Corrigan at Liverpool and is keen to join forces with him again at The Hawthorns.
?West Brom could get themselves one of the best talents I have seen,? Ogrizovic said.