Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is looking good ahead of his return to action.
The 25-year-old midfielder has handed the Reds a huge boost by returning to training at Melwood much earlier than expected having not kicked a ball all season after suffering multiple knee ligament damage in the Champions League semi-final first leg against AS Roma last April.
Commenting on his team-mate’s status, Henderson said: “The manager will be [careful] – he is with players who have been out for a long time, he knows how difficult it is to come back.
“But Ox has looked good in training and I’m sure over the next few weeks, as he builds fitness, the manager will keep a close eye on him because he is an important player, a fantastic player for this team.
“To have him back before the end of the season would be a massive boost.
“It was obviously a massive moment for everyone but [especially] for him to be back from a bad injury. He has been out for a while now and I’m sure he’s been thinking about that moment for a long time.
“It was great to have him back. He is a great character around the lads and he is obviously a fantastic player, so to have him back within the squad was a big plus for us.
“Hopefully over the next few weeks he can keep progressing and build his fitness up. Who knows, hopefully he can get some minutes before the end of the season – that would be a huge boost for the team.”