Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to step up his recovery from a serious knee injury with an appearance for Liverpool Under-23s against Derby on Friday.
The 25-year-old midfielder has been out since April 2018 when he damaged cruciate and medial ligaments plus the tendons to his hamstring in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma.
He was under consideration for this evening’s mini-derby against Everton but it was decided a game of such intensity was not ideal for him so he will make his return at the end of the week instead.
Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp isn’t expected to rush the former Arsenal man back despite his progress being well ahead of schedule. Although he’s chomping at the bit to get back in the first team, Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp will want to see how he deals with some reserve football first. In April the Under 23s have games against Chelsea (8th April), Leicester (14th April) and Blackburn Rovers (29th).
If all goes to plan, the boss will hopefully be able to call on Oxlade-Chamberlain for the final few weeks of the season. He’s certainly been missed that’s for sure.
Liverpool paid Arsenal £35million for Oxlade-Chamberlain in August 2017. At the time a few eyebrows were raised by the Anfield faithful but he soon established himself as a popular member of the squad and his signing is generally now seen as a decent bit of business.