Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to make a return to action before the end of this season
The 25-year-old midfielder has been sidelined since last April with a cruciate ligament injury in his right knee from a Champions League semi-final clash against AS Roma.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was expected to need 12 months of recovery, but he’s relentless efforts to get back up to fitness saw him return to training outdoors last month.
Now Klopp believes a comeback before the season’s over is on the table for Oxlade-Chamberlain.
‘He’s in a very good way, but will still take time,” said Klopp on the club website. “He is closer than Rhian. He is on a very good way.
“But last time [I spoke about it] I think I put a bit of pressure on the medical department but when I see him running, moving with the ball and all the stuff – which he is all doing already – it looks really good, promising, close to a return.
“But, in the end, it’s so long out, [since] April against Roma – what a situation.
“It will be fine; it looks completely without any problems in the moment, no swellings anymore.
“He can really work already on his fitness issues, which he’s had for a long time. I think we will see him this season.”
Since joining from Arsenal in 2017, Oxlade-Chamberlain has managed five goals and eight assists in 42 appearances for Liverpool.
The Reds will face Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday in the Premier League.