Fabinho returns to Liverpool training before the Atletico clash

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Liverpool’s preparations for Wednesday’s meeting with Atletico Madrid have received a huge boost as midfielder Fabinho has returned to training.

The 28-year-old has missed Liverpool’s last three matches with a knee injury, with his latest appearance in the 3-2 victory over Atletico at Wanda Metropolitano in October.

He could be part of a new appearance against Diego Simeone’s team when Fabinho was seen training before the match, with pictures showing the Brazilian moving without extra support.

Fabinho’s return comes at a good time for Liverpool, who just lost Naby Keita to another injury during the 2-2 match against Brighton this weekend.

He now joins Jordan Henderson, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a battle in minutes, with Jurgen Klopp still managing without the injured trio of James Milner, Harvey Elliott and Thiago.

Atletico’s trip to Anfield comes 20 months after their infamous visit to Liverpool in the second half of the 2019/20 round, where 3,000 Spanish supporters came over to watch the match despite being suspended from participating in their own home matches due to a peak in COVID-19 cases towards the beginning of the pandemic.

It was the last match played in front of fans in England before the country went into lockdown, and a government inquiry later explained that supporters should not have been allowed to take part in the match, with 37 deaths at local hospitals linked to the match.

It’s obviously a bit of a unique atmosphere, and according to The Times, Atletico have struggled to convince their fans to make the trip and sold under 200 tickets to their supporters.

Concerns about new variants of the virus, as well as the UK’s test protocol, have discouraged thousands of Rojiblancos fans from buying tickets, with the vast majority of their 3,000 allotments still unsold.

Liverpool enter Wednesday’s match clearly at the top of Group B, and a victory would guarantee them a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

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