Liverpool were finally handed some positive news on the injury front after Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara were pictured at the new AXA Training Centre on Thursday – and the former had a message for supporters on social media.
Fabinho, 27, has been out on the sidelines for the best part of four weeks after the Brazilian fell victim to a hamstring problem during the 2-0 victory against FC Midtjylland last month.
He has since missed Liverpool’s three matches against West Ham, Atalanta and Manchester City but his involvement at the club’s new base in Kirkby offers hope Fabinho could be in contention for the match against Leicester City on Sunday.
Fabinho could be seen working hard as he looked to be performing cardio and weight-based exercises as he joined teammates in preparation for the first time since his injury setback.
Fabinho – who joined the club from Monaco in 2018 for a fee of £39 million [BBC] has since responded and sent a message to supporters on social media in regards to his current physical condition. His post read: “Working hard. Almost there.”
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Other players who could be seen taking part in yesterday’s session included Naby Keita, Sadio Mane, Rhys Williams, Divock Origi, Joel Matip, James Milner, Adrian, Diogo Jota, Curtis Jones and Nat Phillips.
Thiago and Andy Robertson did not appear in the gym but both were spotted exchanging words with the latter returning from international duty on Thursday morning.
In a separate series of images, club-captain Jordan Henderson appeared to be part of an individaul session as the skipper looks to recover from a groin injury he sustained with England.
There was another potential injury boost after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been out since pre-season, was snapped outside in action on the pitches doing ball work.
The club website indicated the 27-year-old’s “rehabilitation programme” is ongoing but he is “making good progress on his road to a full recovery”.
It remains to be seen exactly who will be declared fit for the bout with Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes who are currently top of the Premier League.
Klopp will hold a press conference at 12 pm this afternoon and is expected to provide a further update on the fitness of his squad.