But unfortunately, the big stopper was ruled out for the rest of 2020 due to rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in an injury which is widely regarded as amongst the worst in sports.
Now, the big defender has been pictured in training looking particularly buff as he looks forward to making his return from injury.
The Bears’ official Twitter account shared new images of the ground yesterday, and supporters on Twitter are delighted to see improvements have been made:
Certainly, the sunny weather over the past couple of months has helped, while the lack of football has also given the ground staff the opportunity to carefully restore the pitch back to perfect condition.
Manager Steven Gerrard and his players will be happy with the transformation, although it remains to be seen when the team will be able to play on the surface once again.
Gers chief executive Stewart Robertson has said that the second leg of the Europa League tie against Bayer Leverkusen could be played in early August so friendlies will likely be played in the run-up to that game.