Klopp's update on Oxlade-Chamberlain injury rehabilitation

Klopp's update on Oxlade-Chamberlain injury rehabilitation

Klopp's update on Oxlade-Chamberlain injury rehabilitation

Jurgen Klopp says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could return to full training in February or March, which means he's ahead of schedule.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been on the sidelines since suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury during the first leg of Liverpool's Champions League semi-final win against Roma back in April of last season.

"It's best, best news", Klopp said. "He started going on the pitch and from the first step he looked completely normal", Klopp told a news conference on Friday. Then we had to wait for the reaction - and there was no reaction, which is even nicer.

"Usually we are not that excited about something like this - a lot of things can happen after being out for that long a time - but it looks so positive". It is nice to have him around with a smile on his face.

"He's obviously happy and we're very happy about the improvement".

In contract details revealed via the Mail, it's said that now former Arsenal player and England global Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had a clause in his contract that meant former club Southampton were cashing in.

Klopp confirmed in July it was likely the 25-year-old would miss the majority of 2018-19 as he embarked on his rehabilitation programme.

Klopp added: "It's a surprise, if anybody from the medical department listens to what I said they have a breakdown because that's how it looks, it looks really good".

Though the England global will not be put under any pressure to get back before then, Jurgen Klopp has admitted he is "ahead of schedule", having been absent since April. There is a long way to go but it looks good.

"If you look at the sessions he does outside he looks like he can play tomorrow but of course it is not possible".

"Sometimes when players are coming back from injury and start running, you see them not really limping, but it's not the picture you had in your mind". Even if he is only around and doesn't train with us, it is already very important, but if he could be back in the team it would be really cool - but we don't know.

He is ahead of schedule and that is always good news and now we hope we try to do all right and not push him too much but not hold him back. We will see, we don't have to talk too much about his progress in the next couple of weeks and maybe next two months.

'If he makes further steps like he did in the last few weeks he can play Premier League football this season which is nice to know'.

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