The Reds have been lucky with injuries this season haven’t they? Well, they have if you ask a Manchester City fan – they will of course forget spells out for Fabinho, Alisson, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri and Mo Salah. Thankfully, we have survived these knocks. With many of our injured stars back in full training, we believe that Fabinho will return to the lineup in the FA Cup.
The Reds have been without their leggy Brazilian since the 27th of November 2019. Liverpool took on Napoli at home in the Champions League group stage, a win would have seen us top the group then and there. Unfortunately, Fabinho limped off with an ankle ligament injury after just 19 minutes. Gini Wijnaldum took his place in midfield.
We went on to draw the game 1-1, needing a win away at Red Bull Salzburg to secure top spot in the group, setting up a tie with Atletico Madrid in the knockout stages.
With the defensive midfielder absent, skipper Jordan Henderson has dropped back into the holding role – he has carried out his duties with merit. The biggest compliment that we can pay Hendo is that we haven’t even missed Fabinho, we’ve won every game since he was injured. Aston Villa doesn’t count.
The Brazilian is now back in full training after an extended period on the sidelines. With the ex-Monaco man being of the utmost importance to the side, Jürgen Klopp will not want to rush him back before he is ready.
There is Manchester United on the horizon this weekend and Wolves the following Thursday. Klopp is unlikely to start the midfielder in either of these games lest he risk aggravating his ankle problem.
Fabinho is likely to return to the starting lineup in the FA Cup fourth round on the 26th of January. The Reds are set to take on either Bristol City or Shrewsbury Town, depending on the outcome of their replay.
Starting his first game back in a cup game against lower league opposition would be ideal, the Reds will be more likely to dominate the ball and the intensity will not be that of the Premier League.