Liverpool have been handed a welcome injury boost as key midfielder Fabinho has made a return to light training after being withdrawn late on against Palace.

The Brazilian is one of the first names on the teamsheet at the moment and after his slow start to life under Jurgen Klopp, the former AS Monaco midfielder is looking more and more settled as each week goes by.

His progressive passing is integral to breaking down the teams that seek to frustrate Klopp by sitting deep and defending with 10 men behind the ball but as Salah’s second goal against Palace and Mane’s goal against Manchester United demonstrate, Fabinho’s raking diagonal passes are so key to catching defenders out when they aren’t concentrating.

The Mirror’s Dave Maddock reports that Fabinho has returned to light training in Dubai as he looks to move beyond the issue that forced him off the Anfield turf on Saturday afternoon.



Maddock writes: “Fabinho has eased Liverpool fears of a defensive crisis, by returning to light training.”

Klopp might be forced to play the Brazilian at right back if he’s fit enough after James Milner was sent off by his former PE teacher Jon Moss for two bookable offences when he lunged in on Wilf Zaha late one.

The reporter continued: “And it is understood he came through a rehab session with physios in Dubai to take the first steps back towards fitness in time for the Leicester game.”

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