Liverpool have been given a “massive” boost by the return to full training of long-time absentee Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
That is according to Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 27-year-old featuring at the club’s new Kirkby training base.
Footage emerged this week of Oxlade-Chamberlain being put through his paces but Jurgen Klopp suggested at his Friday media conference that Sunday’s Premier League clash against Fulham may come too early for him.
Klopp on Oxlade being back in full training: “Been a long time after a challenge in training. Tough time for him but now sun shines for him. Great for him, great for us but we cannot rush it. When he’s long enough in team training he will be an option.”
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The England midfielder hasn’t featured for the reigning Premier League champions all season after sustaining another injury to his knee during pre-season.
“It’s massive,” Phillips told Football Insider. “We all want to see the Ox back fully fit and plying his trade.
“He was in superb form before the injury. There is always concern with him given his track record with injuries.
“Hopefully they do not bring him back too soon. I hope he comes back fully fit and stay fit until the end of the season ahead of the Euros.
“For Jurgen Klopp it will be like having a new signing. Oxlade-Chamberlain will make competition for places in the midfield stronger and stronger.
“Let’s hope there are no more issues.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Liverpool career has been derailed by injuries, including a year out of action after injuring his anterior cruciate ligament in April 2018 against Roma in the Champions League.
He follows senior stars Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita in returning to action after serious injuries.