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Best number nine from... Harry Kane? Roberto Firmino handed homemade sign by Hong Kong-based fan as Liverpool stars arrive at training ahead of Merseyside derby Roberto Firmino was thrilled to receive a sign from a fan on his way into training  The homemade placard was signed off by 'HK' - but it's unlikely to be Harry Kane  Liverpool's stars are preparing to face Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday The Reds top the Premier League by a point with 10 matches still to play

By Peter Rutzler For Mailonline

Published: 16:50 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 17:12 GMT, 1 March 2019

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Roberto Firmino was handed a homemade placard from a doting Liverpool supporter as the Reds made their way into training on Friday afternoon. 

Liverpool are preparing to face Everton in this Sunday's Merseyside derby and they were boosted by the news that Firmino is back in contention to face their local rivals.

And the Brazilian also received a timely confidence boost from one fan - who signed off as 'HK' -  as he arrived at Melwood.

Roberto Firmino was handed a homemade sign by a Liverpool fan on his way into training

Roberto Firmino was handed a homemade sign by a Liverpool fan on his way into training

The Brazilian is back in contention to face Everton on Sunday in the Merseyside derby

The Brazilian is back in contention to face Everton on Sunday in the Merseyside derby

The supporter, likely to be a Hong Kong-based fan rather than a certain Tottenham Hotspur striker named Harry Kane, had put together a lovingly-crafted sign which read: 'Best No 9 Firmino, from HK'.

The former Hoffenheim striker was clearly delighted with the sign - as he jokingly used it as a shield from photographers as he arrived for Jurgen Klopp's final preparations ahead of their crucial derby showdown.

Firmino missed Liverpool's emphatic 5-0 victory over Watford during the week but he is expected to be involved this weekend. 

Also in attendance at Melwood on Friday was in-form forward Sadio Mane, wearing a taqiyah prayer cap and what appeared to be a Senegalese kaftan (robe).

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