€70m-rated Liverpool midfielder returned to training after an injury

Merseyside club boss Jurgen Klopp is welcoming Fabinho back into full training this week, and he is going to be in contention for the PL match against Man United on the weekend. Brazil international has been out of action with an ankle problem since November when he limped out of the UCL draw with Napoli at Anfield.

Liverpool have won every match in his absence, except the reserve side getting a 5-0 thrashing from Villans in the League Cup quarter-final, but his come back will be most welcome for the German tactician.

Fabinho is back in training and will be a part of full sessions over the rest of the week, which gives him an opportunity of making the squad for the Red Devils clash, but he is doubtful to be started in that match.

Liverpool then go to Wolves the following Thursday, and that seems the most likely fixture for the 26-year-old midfielder to come back to the starting line-up.

After a perilously busy festive period, things ease off a bit going into February, but the matches become all the more important, as the defending champions come back to Champions League action with Atletico Madrid in the round of 16.

Merseyside club go to the Spanish capital on 18 February and then host Diego Simeone’s side on 11 March, with the Brazilian midfielder likely to be crucial to Jurgen’s plans in those contests.

Defenders Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip are also nearing comebacks from thigh and knee injuries respectively and are on a similar schedule to Fabinho, unlikely to be thrown in with Man United but available after that.