Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has returned to full first-team training.
The 27-year-old is yet to feature this season having suffered a knee injury during pre-season training, which has seen him miss 112 days of action and 20 games (TransferMarkt).
During Liverpool’s title-winning campaign, Oxlade-Chamberlain scored four goals from 17 starts for the Reds (Whoscored), including a memorable strike during his side’s 5-3 win against Chelsea on the night where they lifted the Premier League trophy.
Speaking during his press conference ahead of the weekend clash against Fulham (cited by James Pearce), Klopp said that the “sun shines for him” after enduring his second lengthy spell on the sidelines since his £35m move from Arsenal in the summer of 2017.
The German tactician added that it is great for the team to have him back but he will not be rushing him straight in. Once he is ready, then he will most certainly become an option for the team.
Transfer Tavern Verdict
This will come as a huge boost for Liverpool. While Oxlade-Chamberlain has been desperately unlucky with injuries since moving to Merseyside, he will be like a new signing in the Merseysiders’ outfit.
That being said, Sunday’s game against Fulham could come too soon, with bigger games against Tottenham on the horizon for them.
Klopp is right. There is no rush to bring Oxlade-Chamberlain back considering the assets they already have – and will have to monitor his fitness carefully before the Englishman is thrown back into the mix.
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