Firmino returns to Liverpool training

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino has returned to training with the rest of the squad in Marbella after missing three matches with a muscle strain.

The 27-year-old took part in Jurgen Klopp’s first session of Liverpool’s Marbella training camp on Tuesday morning as he works his way back to full fitness.

Firmino has been working with the club’s medical staff on his recovery and his reintroduction into full training will be carefully managed under their supervision.

His last appearance for Liverpool was from the bench against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on May 1 – when they lost 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.

The Brazilian was not fit enough to be involved in the heroics which took place in the return leg at Anfield as Liverpool produced a remarkable comeback, sealing their place in the Champions League final for a second year in a row.

Firmino will be hoping to work his way back to fitness and into Klopp’s team for the Champions League final against Premier League rivals Tottenham on June 1 at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

Meanwhile, New Scotland manager Steve Clarke says he will not be “chasing down” players who have retired from international football.

Speaking at his unveiling, Clarke said he plans to “sell my vision” to coax back those who made themselves unavailable under Alex McLeish.

James McArthur, Allan McGregor and Scott Brown have all retired.

“The door is open to everyone. If players have retired, they have to un-retire themselves,” Clarke said.

“If they want to come back to the fold they have to get in touch with myself or the Scottish FA and say they want to make themselves available.

“I won’t be chasing down players who have retired. I only want players who are 100% committed to Scotland.”

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