Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hinted that Fabinho could be a little undercooked ahead of a potential return to action against Leicester City. The midfielder has been sidelined by a hamstring injury, but could be pressed into action in Sunday’s Anfield clash against the Premier League leaders.
Fabinho has missed Liverpool’s last three games after limping off during last month’s Champions League win over Midtjylland.
But the midfielder was pictured in training on Friday in a huge boost to Klopp amid Liverpool’s current injury crisis.
Fabinho had filled in admirably at centre-back following the colossal blow of Virgil van Dijk’s ACL injury, with the Brazilian helping Liverpool to wins over Ajax and Sheffield United.
With Joe Gomez also now out for months after the defender suffering a knee injury on England duty, Fabinho’s return to fitness could hardly be better timed.
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The 27-year-old could return to defensive duties alongside Joel Matip at centre-back.
Or he may be needed in midfield, with Jordan Henderson also sidelined after picking up a groin problem during the international break, and Thiago Alcantara still recovering from his knee injury.
Klopp welcomed Fabinho’s return to action ahead of Sunday’s game against Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes.
However, the Reds boss suggested that, under normal circumstances, the midfielder would not have been back in training long enough to be thrown back into the starting line-up.
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“Players have to train in the big team sessions not only once [before they are considered],” said Klopp.
“If it was really serious and we had no other players then maybe one session has to be enough from time to time.
“It doesn’t happen really often – I can’t remember when it happened last time. But usually you prepare the players not only for one game and that means they need to be part of it [full training].
“Fabinho was part of that. What we make of that, we will see because I don’t know yet how he reacts and all that stuff. But Fabinho was part of the normal team training.”
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Klopp confirmed on Friday that he will be without captain Henderson and right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold for the visit of Leicester.
Neco Williams or James Milner could fill in for Alexander-Arnold, who has a calf injury.
Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams are on standby to play in the centre of defence, while Mohamed Salah will miss the match after returning a second positive Covid-19 test while away with Egypt.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also back out on the grass and kicking a ball, following the knee injury he sustained during the club’s pre-season training camp in Austria.
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