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Liverpool midfielder Alcantara Thiago is unlikely to be fit until January (Neil Hall/PA)

Liverpool midfielder Alcantara Thiago is unlikely to be fit until January (Neil Hall/PA)

Liverpool midfielder Alcantara Thiago is unlikely to be fit until January (Neil Hall/PA)

Thiago Alcantara handed Liverpool a welcome boost ahead of the hectic Christmas fixture list by making a return to training at the club's new AXA Centre, but manager Jurgen Klopp insists he won't rush the midfielder back into action.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted earlier this month that Thiago may not play again in 2020, as he continue his recovery from a horror tackle from Everton's Richarlison that left him with knee damage back in October.

While scans confirmed no ligament or bone damage after the incident, the player has taken time to recover from the impact, so his return to light training is viewed as a big step forward in his recovery.

sundayworld.com broke the news on Tuesday that Liverpool were hopeful of getting the midfielder signed from Bayern Munich last summer back into their plans ahead of Klopp's stated schedule and now it appears he is pushing to be part of first team training imminently.

Liverpool released images of Thiago training on Thursday afternoon and while we understand he is not yet ready to make a first team return, his progress is clearly encouraging for Klopp and his coaching staff.

"It was not the best start that I wished and expected (since he signed for Liverpool), but we only think about the next thing and the next thing, so I'm looking forward to the next thing as well," stated the Champions League winner.

"I'm taking it step by step, we've tried many times but there's been a setback before I advance. I'm looking forward to the end of the year to try and train with the team."

Now Klopp has given an update on Thiago's progress as he stated on Friday: "He is eager. We are already making jokes here that we should sign Thiago for January," said Jurgen Klopp.

"He gets closer and closer but we will not rush it. It's nice to have him on the pitch doing a lot of stuff. He's not in team training yet and that's the final step.

"We will see how he looks on the pitch over the weekend. Will he be back in team training next week? He has to have a few tests before he can be back."

The club suggested he had undergone a 'fitness session' on Thursday, but the fact that he is back in training gear and looking towards a comeback will be a boost for the Premier League leaders as they prepare for games against Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle to round off the year.

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