The good news for Liverpool continued on Thursday with the news that Thiago Alcantara was back in outdoor training.
The Spanish midfielder has been out since the Merseyside derby with a knee injury, with a quick initial return quickly shot down when further damage was revealed.
It has been a long couple of months with not much confirmed as to the nature of the injury, but Thiago is now back outside and doing work as he continues his comeback.
There was gym work too – but getting back out on the grass is a big milestone as he looks to be an option for Jurgen Klopp again.
— Thiago Alcantara (@Thiago6) December 17, 2020
Needless to say, that got plenty of supporters excited about an impending return, with the Reds top of the table without him and looking to push on in the new year, when our No. 6 is expected to return to action.
— James Pearces Massive Pecker (@PearcesPecker2) December 17, 2020
Crazy how the decisive moment of this season's title race was Thiago tweeting "kirkby ? @LFC"
— R8 (@Nabyllionaire) December 17, 2020
Thiago is about to do a madness. pic.twitter.com/lWPp3Kc9qD
— – (@AnfieldRd96) December 17, 2020
— Grizz* (@GrizzKhan) December 17, 2020
— Owen Webb O Rourke (@OwenWebbORourke) December 17, 2020
— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) December 17, 2020
However, it’s important to remember that setbacks can occur and not get too disheartened if he’s still a few weeks away from his comeback!
Not even acknowledging Thiago until he's got more LFC appearances this season than Grujic.
— B (@NTXZO) December 17, 2020
After the last time LFC shared training pics of Thiago and he was then still out for a month more, this time I hope they've only decided to share because they're sure he's close to full training. Would be marvelous if he could take some part in some of the XMas fixtures. https://t.co/8Ln2gNf0f1
— Red (@TaintlessRed) December 17, 2020
If there’s an early return, though, we can take it as a sign that this strange old year is truly coming to a close.
Man, I'm hoping that we see Thiago in action before the year ends. A brilliant finish to this dreadful year.
— ‘ (@VintageFirmino) December 17, 2020
One injured player on the verge of a return? That must take our injury list back down to zero finally!