Liverpool duo Fabinho and Joel Matip both returned to first-team training on Wednesday following a sustained period on the sidelines due to injury.
The club’s official website confirmed the news Kopites have been craving after Jurgen Klopp revealed that both players were close to making a long-awaited return.
Fabinho, 26, has been out of action since November and has missed 13 matches since sustaining an ankle injury during Liverpool’s 1-1 stalemate with Napoli in the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Matip, 28, has not played since the Reds’ 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford back in October – the only occasion all season where Klopp’s team have dropped points. -where the Cameroon international suffered a reoccurring knee problem.
Dejan Lovren is also close to returning to first-team after spending over a month on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury.
Liverpool have recently been restricted to just two available central defenders (Gomez and Van Dijk ) during the December/January period, however, the return of Matip and Lovren meant Klopp was able to send Nat Phillips back to Stuttgart to complete the remainder of his loan deal after he was recalled to play in the Merseyside derby victory over Everton.
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When the news broke that Fabinho would be out of contention until the new year many felt it could be the setback that could potentially derail Liverpool’s title charge.
The Brazilian international has established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in world football and was one of the Reds’ standout players during the opening stages of the season.
Matip was also a player who gave himself a glowing endorsement following a blistering run of form before the injury against United. The former Schalke star had leapfrogged both Lovren and Joe Gomez in Klopp’s defensive pecking order following a phenomenal 2019 which culminated with the Champions League triumph in Madrid back in June.
Both players will likely be included in Klopp’s matchday squad for Sunday’s fixture at Anfield against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils although neither will be expected to be named in the German manager’s starting XI.