Liverpool received some positive news this week regarding the recovery of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
At a press conference Friday, Jurgen Klopp revealed that Oxlade-Chamberlain has responded well to jogging outside on the pitch and should there be no set backs, he could be back in full training as soon as February or March. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a devastating right knee injury, in which multiple ligaments were damaged including the ACL and MCL. That’s led to a longer recovery than the standard six-to-nine months it usually takes to return from a torn ACL.
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The injury cost Oxlade-Chamberlain both the UEFA Champions League final and the 2018 World Cup, where England made a run to the semifinals, but should Liverpool remain top of the league and in Champions League contention, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return would be a huge boost to the midfield, providing Klopp with another box-to-box option.
Of course, it remains to be seen if Oxlade-Chamberlain still has his explosive pace after this serious knee injury, or whether he’ll be forced to adjust his game slightly if he can’t create a yard of space with just his movement off the ball. In the meantime, Liverpool has Fabinho and Naby Keita filling central midfield roles in Oxlade-Chamberlain’s absence.