Liverpool have been handed a major boost after a frantic transatlantic dash delivered their Brazilians back in good time to face Spurs at Wembley.
And that has convinced manager Jurgen Klopp to start both striker Roberto Firmino and keeper Alisson in Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff, while Fabinho will be on the bench.
There were fears the Reds’ trio could effectively be sidelined for the game because of their midweek international commitments in the USA, which were not completed until the early hours of Wednesday UK time.
With the time difference to Washington, DC – where Brazil beat El Salvador 5-0 in an evening kickoff – they were not expected to fly out until much later on Wednesday, which would not only have ruled out any training on Thursday but also prevented them joining Friday’s full squad training session.
But a private jet charter was given clearance earlier than anticipated, which meant Liverpool’s Samba stars arrived back at the Melwood training complex refreshed and in time to take part in training alongside their team-mates.
With all three returning with no ill-effects from their international commitments, they were able to undergo a specially-tailored session.
Crucially, the Brazilians will now be allowed to play full parts in Friday morning’s full squad session before the Reds depart for London and the first vs fifth showdown with Spurs.
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That has eased the fears of Kloppm who has been adamant he won’t select players who haven’t trained with the team before a game.
In particular, it is good news for Fabinho.
The midfielder signed from Monaco this summer will be given a place on the bench for the first time since last month’s Premier League opener as he waits to make his debut, replacing the injured Adam Lallana.