Liverpool have been handed a huge boost ahead of their clash with Leicester this weekend – after Andy Robertson and Fabinho stepped up their preparations in training.
And in further good news for manager Jurgen Klopp, midfielder Thiago Alcantara also joined up with the first-team squad for the session on Thursday.
Robertson had a hamstring problem after Scotland’s epic European Championship play-off victory over Serbia.
But the left-back featured in the midweek defeat by Israel and returned to Liverpool on Thursday, with the defender among the first-team players to take part in training.
Fabinho, who has also been struggling with an injury, joined Robertson in what is no doubt a huge boost for Klopp.
Meanwhile Thiago has been struggling after being on the receiving end of a strong challenge from Everton’s Richarlison, but the Spaniard also arrived for training on Thursday.
Klopp certainly faces a selection headache ahead of the Leicester clash, after Joe Gomez picked up a potentially serious injury on England duty.
The centre-back is set to join Van Dijk on the sidelines, leaving manager Klopp with a huge shortage at the back.
The Reds are also without right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold for the next few weeks with a calf injury leaving Robertson as the only member of Klopp’s first-choice back four available for action.
Neco Williams is set to step in for Alexander-Arnold, with Joel Matip emerging as the most senior centre-back.
Nathaniel Phillips, back from his loan spell at Stuttgart last season, is next in line after staying put at the club over the summer.
He is likely to partner Matip in Premier League action with Andy Robertson at left-back., though Fabinho could also step in as a defender if he is deemed fit enough.
Meanwhile, Liverpool this week announced the opening of their new £50million training ground in Kirkby.
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It’s been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.
Virgil van Dijk’s season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson’s injury worries too.
But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.
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The facility includes three full-size pitches, two gyms, a full-size sports hall, pool and specialist sports rehabilitation suites.
The venue, which will bring the first and under-23 teams together, earned praise from Reds boss Jurgen Klopp who said: “It will improve the process, massively.
“The relationship with the academy, it will be as close as ever and that’s really good.”
A time capsule has been buried outside the visitors’ entrance to the new facility, and is intended to be opened in 50 years’ time.
The capsule includes shirts, programmes, a special tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, and a pair of Klopp’s glasses.
Liverpool managing director Andy Hughes said: “We started this project over two years ago, marking a significant milestone in the history of this great football club.
“After saying a fond farewell to Melwood last week, we are excited to be start a new era at the club, bringing our first team and academy operations and facilities together on one site for the first time in history.”