Liverpool were handed a triple injury boost ahead of Sunday’s encounter with Manchester City, as Sadio Mane, Fabinho and Alisson Becker were all back in full training on Friday at the club’s AXA Training Centre in Kirkby.
All three of the aforementioned names were absent during the 1-0 defeat against Brighton on Wednesday.
Both Fabinho and Mane have recovered from muscle issues, while Alisson has returned from illness, later being confirmed by the club as not COVID-19 related.
The Liverpool No.1 has since made a swift recovery and was back between the sticks at Kirkby on Friday afternoon, raising hopes he will be fit in time for the weekend’s fixture.
Fabinho, in particular, has been an invaluable performer this season for Jurgen Klopp, providing vital cover in the long-term absence of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
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His unavailability in the previous three games was muscle-related, which has led to Jordan Henderson covering in the Brazilian’s absence.
Fabinho, 27, was back in training on Friday and showed his delight at being back with his teammates by posting a picture on Instagram of himself smiling at the club’s training ground.
Mane, 28, has been another key absentee in Liverpool’s previous two matches against West Ham and Brighton.
The Senegalese ace, too, has been suffering with a muscle complaint and his attacking presence was greatly missed in the midweek defeat to Brighton.
Mane was back doing what he does best ahead of the gargantuan clash against a team whom he has scored in three of the previous four Anfield encounters. He, too, took to Instagram following his return to first-team action.
Liverpool also welcomed the centre-back duo Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies to train with their new teammates for the first time.
Kabak, in particular, appears to be settling in well, with the 20-year-old showcasing his qualities with a video clip that featured the former Schalke star getting one over Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cheeky nut-meg.
Both Kabak and Davies are fit and available to make their inaugural Liverpool bouts at the weekend.
The defensive duo looked in good spirits and looked to show their qualities in front of photographers.