PREMIER LEAGUE

Fabinho nearing Liverpool return

Liverpool have been without Brazilian midfielder Fabinho for almost two months but he is expected to return to full training with the squad next week.

Fabinho nearing Liverpool return
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Fabinho's two-month spell on the sidelines is coming to an end and he expects to be back with Liverpool's first team in the next couple of weeks if not sooner. The Brazilian midfielder has been out with an ankle injury since the end of November with an ankle injury, but Jürgen Klopp explained on Friday that he expects to have him back in full training this week.

Manchester City could move second

Liverpool's incessant march at the top of the Premier League hasn't diminished in Fabinho's absence and Saturday's 0-1 win away at Tottenham on Saturday moved them 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League, although Manchester City have a chance to trim that to 14 points on Sunday should they beat Aston Villa this afternoon.

Speaking to Téléfoot, Fabinho said: "I'm on the right path. We are in full recovery. I train individually. For example, I make changes in direction, but also exercises with the ball. I am very confident [about a quick comeback]. I think I can resume soon, but we will see with the medical staff."

No team has ever had as many points as Liverpool at this stage

Roberto Firmino's first-half strike was enough to see off Tottenham as the Reds recorded their 20th top-flight victory in 21 games to take their tally to 61 points this season. That is the biggest points haul any team in Europe's top five leagues has ever managed after 21 games in the three-points-for-a-win era. But Fabinho is taking nothing for granted.

"We can win the title, but we are not yet champions. We are on the right track. What we have done so far is incredible, but we must continue," he added. "I hope we will not crack. We have the confidence to continue like this. Despite the injuries, we continue to play at a high level."

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United visit Anfield

Liverpool are back in action next Sunday when they play host to eternal rivals Manchester United at Anfield.