Jurgen Klopp looks to have been handed a timely injury boost at Liverpool, with Fabinho reportedly back in training after his recent injury problems.
The German manager recently lost captain Jordan Henderson, who is expected to be sidelined until April, so Fabinho’s return to fitness could be the ideal timing for the Reds, who now look desperately short on senior options at centre-back.
The former Monaco man was impressive at centre-back earlier in the season, with Klopp forced to drop him back there after the injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
Henderson joined him at centre-back after the injury to Joel Matip, whilst Ozan Kabak has become a regular since his loan switch in January, and it seems likely that Fabinho will partner him at the back once he is ready to feature again.
Klopp confirmed ahead of Sunday’s game against Sheffield United that the Brazilian international has now returned to training after his minor muscle injury, so whilst the game at Bramall Lane could come too soon for him, a return to action in upcoming games seems likely.
The Reds have now lost four consecutive games in the top-flight and will now be content with a top-four finish this season, so Klopp will be hoping that Fabinho can come in and steady the ship, with his defence showing their vulnerabilities in recent fixtures, particularly in the 3-1 defeat against Leicester.
Considering the German manager was quick to sing Fabinho’s praises earlier in the season when he returned from injury, dubbing him “world-class”, his return could help Liverpool turn their season around, should he be able to repay his manager’s faith in him by performing well on his return to action.
In the absence of Henderson, perhaps Fabinho can be the leader Liverpool need for the rest of the season, as he has consistently shown with his performances in recent seasons just how important he can be for Klopp.