Liverpool get much-needed fitness boosts for Leicester Premier League clash

Injury-hit Liverpool are expected to welcome back Fabinho for Sunday’s clash at home to Leicester City.

The Brazilian midfielder is likely to be needed in defence for the visit of Brendan Rodgers’ side due to the depleted resources available in that area for Jurgen Klopp.

With Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both out with long-term injuries, Joel Matip will retain his place in the side after making his own return from injury in the draw at Manchester City earlier this month.

Klopp confirmed that Fabinho had returned to full first-team training at his press conference on Friday, with the manager insisting that players usually need to take part in at least two sessions before being considered for selection.

“Players have to train in the big training sessions with the team, in team training as we call it, and not only once,” he said.

“If it’s really serious and we have no other players, then maybe one session has to be enough from time to time. It doesn’t really happen often. I can’t remember when it happened the last time.

“But usually we prepare the players not only for one game, that means they need to be part of it. Fabinho was part of that.

“What we make of that, we will see, because we don’t know yet how he reacts and all that stuff. But Fabinho was part of the normal team training.”

The Brazilian is expected to train again on Saturday before the Foxes head to Anfield the next day.

In more much-needed good news for Klopp, youngsters Neco Williams, Rhys Williams and Curtis Jones also trained fully on Friday to put them in contention for the game.

Neco Williams suffered a bruised foot in Wales’ win over the Republic of Ireland last Sunday, forcing him to miss Wednesday’s victory over Finland.

He could start at right-back in place of the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Meanwhile Rhys Williams missed England under-21s’ win over Albania with a stiff hip, and Jones was only a substitute in that game after suffering a back injury.

All three could now figure in the squad on Sunday, with neither Rhys Williams or fellow defender Billy Koumetio involved in Liverpool under-23s’ clash with Southampton on Saturday.

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