Four things learned from inside Liverpool training as Virgil van Dijk steps up return

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The headline news from Liverpool’s training session on Wednesday was the welcome return of Diogo Jota.

After nearly three months out with a knee injury, the Portugal international was cleared to come back to action alongside his team-mates at the AXA Training Centre.

That will no doubt come as a huge boost for Jurgen Klopp after seeing his options decimated by injuries all season.

But that was not the only thing that was spotted from the Kirkby action on Wednesday.

Alisson and Robertson

Perhaps the most absurd of social media rumours in some time was the one that alleged a dressing room bust-up between Alisson Becker and Andy Robertson.

In the wake of Liverpool’s recent defeat to Leicester, the baseless whispers came out in force with one claiming Jurgen Klopp was set to step down.

Andy Robertson and Alisson Becker of Liverpool during a training session at AXA Training Centre on February 24, 2021 in Kirkby

That, though, was not the most outrageous of fabrications.

That was reserved for Robertson and Alisson ‘s fisty cuffs, something that has since been laughed off by both the Scotland left-back and captain Jordan Henderson.

“I don’t look like the boxing type, do I!” Robertson said earlier this month.

“The least (likely) two people to fight in the dressing room are myself and Ali, to be honest.”

KIRKBY, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Andy Robertson of Liverpool during a training session at AXA Training Centre on February 24, 2021 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Both Alisson and Robertson were pictured together emerging from the complex on Wednesday.

In what could have been a mischievous attempt to poke fun at the recent speculation, both players could be seen sporting scowls towards one another as they were snapped together.

Robertson was later pictured sporting a huge smile from balcony as he enjoyed his afternoon’s work.

Van Dijk

After a return to Merseyside earlier this month, Virgil van Dijk was once more working on his comeback.

This time, rather than sitting inside making use of the gym facilities, Van Dijk was on the pitches, being put through his paces with the football.

There’s still no time frame on when the giant Dutchman will be able to return to action but the progress remains hugely positive.

No Fabinho

For all the good news on the comeback trail, there was still no sign of Fabinho.

The Brazilian has missed the last three games for the Reds and was not involved in the outside session at the Centre on Wednesday.

He was well enough to be involved in some gym on Friday but was not pictured on site on Wednesday.

Lockdown locks gone

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Nathaniel Phillips of Liverpool during a training session at AXA Training Centre on February 24, 2021

Perhaps the lockdown locks had gone on too long for Nat Phillips?

As the rest of his team-mates continue to see their own haircuts grow and grow, Phillips decided it was time for a change for him.

The centre-back reported for duty sporting a new shaven hairdo that will surely tide him over until the barbers are cleared to re-open April 12.

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