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Fabio Aurelio Back at Liverpool---Allow Your Lips to Turn Upward

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Well that's a bit of a turnaround.

From the official website:

Fabio Aurelio has revealed his delight at re-signing for Liverpool and admitted: 'It's like a new beginning for me.' The Brazilian has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Reds having impressed manager Roy Hodgson and his staff at Melwood over the summer. Aurelio told Liverpoolfc.tv: "I feel very pleased and proud. It feels like I am signing for the first time - everything has changed so it is like a new beginning for me with new confidence and a new boss. Hopefully I can do well this season."

He added: "My aim is to help the team do better than last season. Everything is going really well, so I think we can progress a lot. We have made some good additions to the team and we can be very confident." Aurelio is part of the Liverpool squad that has travelled to Germany for Sunday's pre-season friendly with Borussia Moenchengladbach. The defender is hopeful of playing some part at Borussia Park having worked hard to keep himself in good condition since the end of last season. "I have been working for a while by myself since the end of my contract and trying to keep fit in pre-season, so I think I am in good condition," he said. "Hopefully I can have some involvement in the game against Moenchengladbach."

I've only got minutes on a computer today, so if you're looking for incisive commentary on the Brazilian's return, you're in the wrong place. Actually, you're probably always in the wrong place for anything that could be deemed incisive if you're here.

But this has to be seen as good news for the club---yes, Aurelio's struggled with injuries, but he at least temporarily fills the void at left back. I'm assuming the club aren't done looking for a more permanent solution, but if he's able to stay fit he could undoubtedly be battling for a spot in the starting eleven. More positive news in a summer that could have gone either way---I'm okay with the good news continuing.

As I mentioned, I don't have much time for a substantive post today, and it's likely I would have punted on a full preview for the Moenchengladbach match anyway. Back tomorrow with any news as well as some additional thoughts on Aurelio's return ahead of the squad's final friendly of the preseason.