Some Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter after reports emerged that Jurgen Klopp had four key players back in training on Tuesday afternoon.
This comes from The ECHO. Diogo Jota, Fabinho, Alisson Becker and Ben Davies were all involved at the AXA Training Centre as Liverpool finalise preparations for tomorrow’s match against Chelsea.
Major fitness boost
Jota – who has been out of action since December with a knee injury – was with the travelling squad to Sheffield United on Sunday but had to miss out due to illness.
The Portuguese forward was joined by Fabinho, January deadline-day signing Davies and Alisson, who was back at Kirkby following the death of his father, Jose, last week.
James Milner and Naby Keita were also involved following their cameo appearances off the bench against the Blades.
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Klopp is confident that all his returning all-stars will be available for the welcoming of Thomas Tuchel’s resurgent Blues on Thursday.
Following the victory at Bramall Lane, he said: “Alisson and Fabinho, I am pretty sure [they can play]
“With Diogo, he was with us last night in the hotel, but he got sick overnight and we had to send him home.
“So it will depend how quickly he recovers, obviously.
“He wasn’t in the squad, but he’s trained with the team before [this week] and looked really good, like I said before.
“I think he will be available but I don’t know. I would think that Diogo is ready for Thursday, but I don’t know at the moment.”
Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson will miss the Anfield bout with a groin injury. The skipper is expected to be on the sidelines for the next eight weeks.
Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip remain Liverpool long term absentees.
With Fabinho, Jota and Alisson back in the mix, Liverpool will finally begin to have a more familiar feel.
It will be interesting to see if Klopp utilises Fabinho as a makeshift defender, or whether he’ll return the Brazilian to his natural midfield role for the first time since October 17.
Despite the major fitness boost for the reigning English champions, Klopp will be wary of the threat that Chelsea oppose, especially under the stewardship of countryman and fellow former Borussia Dortmund boss, Tuchel.
The Blues are unbeaten under the German head-coach ever since his appointment back in January. Meanwhile, Liverpool are still searching for their first league win at Anfield since December 16.
Let’s see what the Anfield faithful had to say with Liverpool finally set to benefit from a significant fitness boost ahead of the midweek clash…