Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the verge of returning to action after 11 months of inactivity, according to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
Ox ruptured his anterior and medial ligaments in April 2018 and has yet to play for the Reds this campaign.
But, the 25-year-old is about to be handed 45 minutes of playing time for the first time in almost 12 months, as he is scheduled to start for Liverpool U-23s’ clash with Derby County on Friday.
On the eve of the Merseysiders’ Premier League showdown against Burnley, Klopp has spoken of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s recovery.
“Ox is a very smart boy, and it is clear that he needs some sessions to prepare himself for a game, and he wanted these games as well.
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“These games we will see for sure. It looks very positive, but it was a long time he was out, so we need to be sensible but we think the right time is now.
“Derby is a tough opponent. The previous game against Everton, he could have played, but I wasn’t sure about the intensity, but now he is ready, and we’ll let him start.
“We are excited of course.”
The England international will return to the fold in the crucial part of the season as Liverpool still battle on two fronts to win a major silverware.
Although he will hardly perform in the Champions League against Bayern Munich, Oxlade-Chamberlain will be at Klopp’s disposal for the upcoming league fixtures as the Premier League title run-in enters its decisive stage.