Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is closing in on a return to action after his latest knee injury.
The midfielder suffered the problem in the Reds’ pre-season training camp in August and has not featured since.
Klopp initially compared the injury to Jordan Henderson’s issue towards the end of last season; the Reds captain was out for around four weeks in the summer.
However, Oxlade-Chamberlain is still out. Speaking in his latest press conference, though, Klopp was able to confirm that the England international is close to making his comeback.
“Ox looks really promising. He’s doing a lot of stuff, doing the warming up with the team now, some ball work,” the manager said.
“But we will develop that over the next few days and we will see from which moment on it makes sense to throw him in. But he’s not too far away.”
With Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury happening in pre-season, it has somewhat got lost in the Reds‘ more recent issues.
Indeed, fellow midfielders Henderson, James Milner, Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita and Fabinho have all since had issues.
However, Keita and defender Trent Alexander-Arnold – who had hamstring and calf strains respectively – could make their returns for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Wolves.
“I don’t know yet, we will see,” when asked for an injury update (via the Liverpool Echo). “Trent and Naby will do the first steps in team training today. Whatever we can do with them depends on how [their injuries] look.
“We had some niggles after the Ajax game, obviously we have to see how they respond. So far they didn’t do a lot apart from treatment and stuff like this so we have to see how this develops.”
Asked if Alexander-Arnold and Keita will play on Sunday, Klopp said: “There’s a chance that Naby and Trent can be in the squad.
“If they are in the squad then they can play but if they can play 90 minutes, I don’t know. I think there’s a chance they are in the squad.”
Klopp takes swipe at Gary Neville
Meanwhile, Klopp went on a fresh rant about player welfare elsewhere in his press briefing.
The German has been a vocal advocate of looking after players, especially with this season’s contracted nature.
Amid his recent comments, Gary Neville claimed that Klopp was only looking for an advantage as a manager of a top team.
However, the Liverpool boss hit back.