Roberto Firmino is in contention for Liverpool’s trip to Arsenal on Saturday after returning to training on Monday.
The Brazil international has missed the last three games for the Reds with what was described as a “minor knock” earlier this month.
After losing 1-0 to Fulham at Anfield on March 7 in Firmino’s absence, the Reds won back-to-back games against RB Leipzig and Wolves to send themselves into the international break in better form.
And now Firmino is poised to return on the other side when Jurgen Klopp’s men head back to action on Saturday April 3 at the Emirates.
The former Hoffenheim man came through Monday’s training session at the AXA Centre is likely to form part of the thinking for Klopp ahead of the game in London.
Firmino’s compatriot, Fabinho, was also part of training in Kirkby as Klopp put his non-international contingent through their paces.
Young guns continue to fire
With a large portion of Liverpool ‘s squad currently away with their national teams, Klopp continued to utilise a selection of hand-picked youngsters from the club’s Academy.
As many as 12 players were called up to train with the first team earlier this month.
Under-18 regular Mateusz Musialowski was part of the pack alongside Jake Cain, Owen Beck and Billy Koumetio.
The call-ups represent one of the beneficial practicalities of the move to Kirkby from the iconic Melwood base last year.
With the Reds moving to the brand new £50million AXA complex, it makes things easier for Klopp to bring in youngsters for specific sessions when needed.
“The main motivation was to get the Academy and the first team on to the same site which we feel is absolutely critical,” said Liverpool managing director, Andy Hughes, back in November.
The names were put forward by elite development coach, Vitor Matos and Academy director, Alex Inglethorpe, for Klopp to get a good look at.
Phillips continues to soar
As a player Klopp describes as “a monster in the air” Nat Phillips has quickly earned himself a reputation in the Liverpool first team.
The no-nonsense centre-back has been a tower of strength for the Reds this season, stepping into centre-back with aplomb to help ease a crisis at the heart of the defence.
Now widely known as an aerial powerhouse, Phillips continued to display those traits in abundance in Monday’s session.
During one phase of play, the defender could be seen leaping above four of his colleagues to head the ball to safety.
Phillips is expected to feature alongside Ozan Kabak in defence when the Reds are entertained by Arsenal on Saturday.
Back to work for Alexander-Arnold
A fairly low-key training session with his club was perhaps not how Trent Alexander-Arnold was hoping to spend Monday.
The Liverpool right-back had designs on spending the best part of a fortnight with his England colleagues getting their World Cup 2022 campaign underway.
Instead, the Reds star was on Merseyside as the Three Lions first beat San Marino 5-0 on Thursday before following it up with a 2-0 triumph in Albania on Sunday.
Gareth Southgate’s side complete the break with a game against Poland on Wednesday night and Alexander-Arnold will be nowhere to be seen.
There was something of a collective surprise when it was confirmed that Alexander-Arnold was left out of the England squad inside the Liverpool camp almost two weeks ago.
So much so that he was initially given time off with the rest international colleagues prior to the announcement of the England squad.
But instead he would not be given the chance to add to his dozen caps to date and the Reds star was continuing to prepare for Saturday’s game with Arsenal on Monday.
With few England fixtures left to stake a claim for the European Championships this summer, Alexander-Arnold will have to rely largely on his club form between now and June.