Photos: Liverpool players including suspended Markovic and out of favour Lovren all smiles in training

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It seems as though the Liverpool players are in great spirits ahead of the game with Besiktas this evening.

Liverpool have recently rediscovered their best form after what was a poor start to the new season. The club have welcomed back Daniel Sturridge from a series of muscle injuries, Simon Mignolet is back to his best, Mario Balotelli is starting to show some form while Emre Can has been revelation at centre back - things are looking up.

That was certainly the vibe from their most recent training session. Liverpool take on Turkish outfit Besiktas at Anfield this evening and the players trained at Melwood yesterday ahead of the game with the Turkish giants.

Throughout the session it appeared as though everyone was having plenty of fun.

Dejan Lovren may not be in the Liverpool starting XI of late, while Lazar Markovic just received a four-match UEFA ban - but the Balkan boys seemed to be having a whale of a time in the session.

No surprises to see that Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure and Daniel Sturridge were all enjoying themselves. The trio are often the most smiley of the Liverpool crop along with Raheem Sterling.

The England international also seemed in good spirits, which Liverpool fans will hope carries on after 90 minutes against Slaven Bilic's Besiktas.

One negative was the absence of Steven Gerrard. The skipper has a hamstring problem so will miss the game, which did not seem to bother the players one bit in what looked a jovial training session.

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