Mohamed Salah leads the jokes in Liverpool training as Jurgen Klopp’s men aim to put Red Star defeat behind them ahead of Fulham clash
- Liverpool returned to training on Thursday ahead of their Premier League return
- The Reds were dealt a set-back in midweek after losing to Red Star Belgrade
- Jurgen Klopp’s men retained high spirits as they went about preparation
- Liverpool are still unbeaten in the league and trail Manchester City by two points
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have made sure to prevent midweek defeat by Red Star Belgrade dampening their spirits ahead of a Premier League return.
The Reds will resume domestic action on Sunday when they welcome newly promoted Fulham to Anfield.
Klopp’s side remain unbeaten in the league, and currently sit two points adrift of leaders Manchester City – who face the difficult task of locking horns with neighbours and bitter rivals United.
Poised to strike? Mohamed Salah led the jokes as Liverpool returned to training this week
The Egyptian recently rediscovered his goalscoring touch for Jurgen Klopp’s side
Morale has also been boosted by the return to full training of captain Jordan Henderson
The midfielder is expected to come back into the matchday squad when Fulham visit Anfield
Taking to their Melwood training base on Thursday, the Reds were put through their paces by Klopp while seen laughing and joking around, with talisman Mohamed Salah at the centre of the camaraderie.
Watching on with his training staff Klopp could also be seen breaking into a smile as the players went about their work.
Morale was offered a boost with the return of captain Jordan Henderson and summer signing Naby Keita, who are both back in full training and expected to feature when the Cottagers visit Merseyside.
Summer signing Naby Keita has also regained fitness and is set to play in Sunday’s fixture
Klopp watched over the session with his coaching staff as the players went about their work
The German saw the lighter side of things and soon joined in with the laughs and jokes
Roberto Firmino (right) and Georginio Wijnaldum joined in with the camaraderie at Melwood
Record signing Virgil van Dijk wrapped up from the elements before getting stuck into training
Liverpool have two wins from their last five domestic fixtures, with three draws against City, Chelsea and Arsenal respectively.
Klopp’s side have navigated through a tough patch of fixtures all but unscathed, but know they must get back to consistent victories in order to deny City the opportunity to break out into clear water in the title race.
Experiencing somewhat differing fortunes, Fulham sit rock bottom of the table after losing their last five fixtures.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s side have five points from 11 games played this season, leaving the boss’ position at the helm under threat.
Victory for Liverpool in the lunchtime tie could temporarily put them back to the top of the pile, with fellow title rivals Chelsea hosting Everton at Stamford Bridge later on Sunday afternoon.
City face United in the 4.30pm kick-off, at the Etihad stadium.