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Liverpool handed injury boost ahead of Atletico Madrid clash

It’s safe to say Jurgen Klopp hasn’t had the best luck when it comes to injuries so far this season at Liverpool, especially with his midfield players.

With the Reds having Thiago Alcantara and Harvey Elliott out with injuries since September, losing James Milner to an injury in their 5-0 win over Manchester United and Naby Keita to a hamstring injury during their recent Premier League match against Brighton & Hove Albion.

However, with the Merseyside club set to take on Atletico Madrid at Anfield in the Champions League this evening, it seems as though they have been delivered some good news that will surely have their fans buzzing.

What’s the news?

It has been revealed that Fabinho had returned to first-team training on Monday after missing the club’s 2-2 draw against Brighton and their two league games against Watford and Manchester United prior to that.

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In his latest press conference ahead of the match against Diego Simeone’s side, Klopp revealed that both Fabinho and Thiago are “in contention” to play in midweek, which will be a big plus for everyone at the club if either of the duo can get some minutes under their belts and come away unscathed.

In regards to Fabinho, with Liverpool having conceded two goals in the game against Brighton after being 2-0 up after 24 minutes, his return will be hugely welcomed.

The Brazilian has managed to rack up an average of 1.7 interceptions and four tackles per game in the Champions League so far this season as well as winning 72% of the duels he’s been involved in, which says that his fitness boost will be a welcome one. With those stats in mind, he’d tighten the side up defensively, something that would certainly delight fans.

Klopp said they needed to improve in that regard during his press conference after failing to keep a clean sheet in the Champions League so far this season.

Would you start Fabinho against Atletico?

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Yes

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Looking ahead to the showdown against Atletico, we feel that if Klopp feels Fabinho is fit enough to start, he should definitely be in the starting XI. He would give the Reds a great chance of securing a victory and keeping their 100% win rate in the Champions League going before their remaining group games against FC Porto and AC Milan come around.

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