Liverpool star Sadio Mane got back on the scoresheet while Naby Keita was also on target as the Reds stepped up full contact training at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp took his side back to their home stadium for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown on Monday, as the squad played a series of 11 vs 11 matches in full kit to prepare for the Premier Leagues return on June 17.
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Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring the opening goal during a training session at Anfield on Monday
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Mohamed Salah and Neby Keita were also back in action as the Liverpool team made their return to Anfield, while Georginio Wijnaldum watched from the sidelines
Liverpool published a host of photographs from the session, and assistant coach Pepijn Lijnders said it was great to see the players back out there on the field again after the games long hiatus.
It was an unbelievable feeling to be back at this iconic stadium, said Klopps No.2.
Its our home. Anfield is basically the second-strongest connection we have, after our own homes. We had a training week full of intense sessions and to finish it off with Anfield was just great.
We wanted to give the players the feeling of playing and competing without a crowd. We are just going step by step back to our way of playing, knowing that we have to work hard in training and be really committed to our principles to reach the same level that we had.
Today was an important step in that direction; firstly getting familiar with the process around the games and secondly giving our squad playing time and competition very close to the environment that we will have in the future.
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Trent Alexander-Arnold looks to block as Roberto Firmino goes for goal during the Reds’ training session
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The Liverpool stars, including Virgil van Dijk were spotted fully kitted out for the first time since the start of the coronavirus sport shutdown
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Young goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher saves a shot from Firmino
Mane and Keita both found the net during the training game at Anfield while Georginio Wijnaldum sat out of the game, but was present at the stadium, as a precaution with the club taking no risk with any minor knocks.
And more good news soon followed for the club, with claims that Liverpools hopes of lifting the Premier League title at home have been given a significant boost.
The Premier League revealed on Monday that as few as four games may have to be played at neutral venues when the 2019/20 campaign resumes later this month.
A number of Liverpool games were considered as potential at-risk matches by police, with concerns fans could congregate outside Anfield at any game that could see Klopps side finally clinch the title.
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Liverpool captain may soon have to make room for a Premier League tattoo to join the one of the Champions League trophy on his leg
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Jurgen Klopp is looking to guide Liverpool to their first league title since 1990 when the Premier League returns on June 17
Liverpools away matches at Everton, Manchester City and Newcastle United were also considered a risk.
However, the Premier League have said none of the games at neutral venues will be held on Merseyside, and Merseyside police have since said they have the capacity to police the Reds matches.
And so it is hopeful none of Liverpools home matches will be moved to other stadiums, with Klopps side needing just two more wins to secure their first league title for 30 years.
Liverpool’s first game back is due to be a Merseyside derby at Everton, although it is still uncertain if that game will be played at Goodison Park, before hosting Crystal Palace at Anfield.
If they can’t secure back-to-back wins in those games, they could win the title with a victory at rivals Manchester City in their next match, while their next game after that is against Aston Villa at home.