Klopp hopeful: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is optimistic of welcoming Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back from injury before the end of the season.
The 25-year-old has not played since undergoing surgery on damaged knee ligaments suffered against Roma in April.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was expected to miss all of the 2018-19 campaign as a result, but he returned to light training on Christmas Eve.
And having shown no adverse reaction, Klopp says some competitive outings this term is not beyond the realms of possibility for the ex-Arsenal man.
Best news, said Klopp ahead of the Premier League visit of Arsenal on Saturday. “He started going on pitch and from first step it looked completely normal.
“Sometimes you see players come back and be limping, but from first step Ox looked like Ox. No reaction, which was even nicer.
No pressure on him, but it looks like he could be back in normal training in February, late Feb or March and that means he could maybe feature this year.
Its nice to have him around with a smile on his face. We are obviously really happy with his improvement.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has confirmed Alex Oxlade.
Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could return to training at the end of February, BBC Sport reports.
The 24-year-old has been out since suffering knee ligament damage during the Champions League semi-final with Roma in April.
“Best news. He started going on the pitch and looked normal. We had to wait for the reaction and there was none.
As if a six-point lead at the top of the table was not enough, the Reds, who are seeking to go unbeaten for their opening 20 matches for the first time in 30 years, have been handed more good news.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was expected to be sidelined for 12 months after rupturing multiple knee ligaments in the Champions League semi-final first-leg win at home to Roma in April, but returned to running outdoors this week. Klopp believes he could be back in full training by the end of February.
“Best news, best news. It is a surprise,” said the manager.
“No pressure on him, but it looks like February maybe he is back in normal training, late February/March, so that gives us hope he will be back this season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain sustained cruciate ligament damage when going in for a tackle during their Champions League semi-final first-leg win over Italian side AS Roma at Anfield in April.
The 25-year-old underwent surgery eight days later.
He was expected to miss the entire 2018-19 campaign but Liverpool supporters were given a boost earlier this week when the English midfielder was pictured running at the club’s Melwood training ground.
“(It’s the) best news,” Klopp told a news conference on Friday. “He started going on the pitch and from the first step he looked completely normal.
Sometimes when players are coming back from injury and start running, you see them not really lim“ping, but it’s not the picture you had in your mind. With Ox, from the first step, it looked like Ox.