A number of Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to welcome Joel Matip’s return to first-team training ahead of Sunday’s huge Premier League game for the Reds at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s charges host Manchester United in what is already one of the biggest fixtures in the English football calendar, but has added importance due to both sides being first and second in the table.
The Red Devils leapfrogged Liverpool at the summit courtesy of their 1-0 win at Burnley in midweek, with three points now separating the two giants of English football ahead of their big game on Merseyside.
One of Klopp’s biggest dilemmas ahead of the game concerns the fitness of Joel Matip, who picked up a groin injury in the 1-1 draw with West Brom on 27 December and missed the following three games in all competitions as a result.
However, he could now be in contention after taking part in first-team training at Kirkby on Friday, the club’s Twitter account updating fans by sharing pictures of the player in action.
𝐁𝐢𝐠 𝐉𝐨𝐞𝐥 💪 pic.twitter.com/mBUShk1CcC
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 15, 2021
Klopp normally wants players returning from injury to complete at least two full sessions before being considered for selection, so if Matip gets through Saturday’s session without any issues, then he could well be back in the XI.
And plenty of Liverpool were pleased to see the £100,000-a-week ace back in the fold ahead of such a huge game:
YESSSSSS WE DON’T NEED A CB ANYMORE
— Ahmed (@ahmedIdn) January 15, 2021
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeees Big Joe is back🙏🏻❤ pic.twitter.com/rfO47xU82t
— Mo Jemy (@Mohamed95068930) January 15, 2021
@damohalpin10 that’s a win for us confirmed then
— Darragh O Rourke (@DarraghORourke1) January 15, 2021
This is masssiveee
— Figo (@lfcfigoo) January 15, 2021
😭😭😭 Me when I see matip training, tears of joy!
— Benson Ndungiti (@ndungiti) January 16, 2021
Wrap him in cotton wool till 4pm Sunday
— DonPerryOn (@PerrySquire7) January 15, 2021
Red devils ain’t ready for us on sunday.
— Linox mutijima gahindiro (@GahindiroLinox) January 15, 2021
What we all wanted to see
— Mark Barlow (@markabarlow11) January 15, 2021