Player Fabinho says is 'really good with the ball' is back in Liverpool training
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Photo: Curtis Jones returns to Liverpool training after lengthy layoff

The Scouser has been sidelined with an eye injury for several weeks now and has missed nine games as a result.

But he is back in training and will soon be in contention to play for Jurgen Klopp. It’s the perfect time as well, as the Reds will soon lose Naby Keita to AFCON. While he’s a midfielder, Jones could make a difference in the final third as a no.10 or on the left flank if needed.

It gives Klopp options and, with Manchester City romping to a 7-0 win over Leeds United on Tuesday evening, the title race is hotting up. Liverpool need to ensure they are doing everything to win games to keep the pressure on Pep Guardiola and his players.

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Jones returning to training is the latest boost in terms of squad options, after Naby Keita and Joe Gomez did so last week. Not only did they return to training but they also played against AC Milan in the Champions League, which is hugely important in terms of match rhythm.

He is a fantastic player and one rated very highly by his teammates. Fabinho told the club’s site in September that he’s ‘really good with the ball.’

Klopp is a big believer in his players not starting unless they have match rhythm, so we should see Jones feature in the EFL Cup quarter-final tie against Leicester City next week.

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Harvey Elliott’s rehabilitation is also ramping up as he targets a return to the pitch in the New Year.

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Meanwhile, Roberto Firmino returned to training last week and Divock Origi and Nathaniel Phillips are nursing minor injuries, which means the Reds aren’t far away from having a fully fit squad.

It’s a scary thought for the Reds’ rivals, but Liverpool having everyone available means they can legitimately challenge on all fronts.

The Champions League is on the back burner until mid-February, so Liverpool only have Premier League games and the odd cup game to navigate until then.

They are firing on all cylinders at the moment as well.

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