Liverpool could be handed a major fitness boost against Sheffield United with Fabinho set to return from injury for the Bramall Lane clash.
Jurgen Klopp takes his Reds side to Sheffield in woeful form. They’ve not won in six games at Anfield, and have dropped well short of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
A trip to Bramall Lane should reignite the feud Chris Wilder and Klopp were embroiled in earlier in the season. It’s a challenge the Blades boss will relish, especially given his own side’s injury problems.
However, Liverpool could be set for a major fitness boost themselves.
The Times claims Fabinho is working hard to be back fit for this weekend’s trip to South Yorkshire. The Brazilian has been missing since the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City.
Fabinho’s return would be a welcome boost for Klopp and his team. Their back four has been decimated, with Fabinho often the man stepping in this season. It would also allow Jordan Henderson back into midfield, although that in itself is unlikely given the Reds skipper’s own injury issues.
The return of the Brazilian could also coincide with Diogo Jota coming back into the fold. The Portuguese winger is apparently back in training himself, although a return at United may come too soon.
Fabinho back from injury a huge Liverpool boost
This is like the clash of the two decimated teams. Both United and Liverpool have been dealt cruel hands this season with injury.
For Liverpool’s Van Dijk, United have had an O’Connell. For a Diogo Jota, the Blades have missed a Lys Mousset. It really has been a miserable campaign on that front for both sides.
But having Fabinho back is a huge bonus for Reds. He’s a big player, capable of playing midfield and defence.
For the Blades, it’s just a case of doing our best. Liverpool will be expected to win anyway so regardless of if Fabinho plays or not, it shouldn’t impact how Chris Wilder approaches the game.