Jurgen Klopp says that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury rehabilitation is going according to plan and that he looks promising on the training pitch outside with the physios but Rhian Brewster’s recovery is taking longer than intended.
Chamberlain has been out since April after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament during the Champions League semi-final first leg against AS Roma at Anfield. It was the only slight on an evening where the Reds emerged 5-2 victors.
It wasn’t until after the final defeat to Real Madrid that Jurgen Klopp revealed the full extent of the injury to both the rest of the Liverpool players as well as the world.
But now, with the Englishman back on the Melwood training pitches under the careful supervision of Liverpool physios, he is nearing a return to full team training in late February or early March.
“He is closer than Rhian. He is on a very good way,” said Klopp. “But last time [I spoke about it] I think I put a bit of pressure on the medical department but when I see him running, moving with the ball and all the stuff – which he is all doing already – it looks really good, promising, close to a return.
“But, in the end, it’s so long out, [since] April against Roma – what a situation.
“It will be fine; it looks completely without any problems in the moment, no swellings anymore. He can really work already on his fitness issues, which he’s had for a long time. I think we will see him this season.”
Asked for an update on Brewster’s situation, the manager said on Friday: “[He is] not as far as he wants to be, for sure. But I saw him in the last hour, he was outside training.
“His running now looks much better since he had another little surgery. He is in a good way but that will take time, unfortunately. It’s no problem, he has the time.
“I would say we don’t have to think about him before pre-season.
“But he is in a really good way and the boy is in a good mood on top. We see him here every day, he is a nice fella and that’s all good.
“He is really integrated into the team but so far he couldn’t show that on the pitch. But our opinion about him will not change. We have to wait a little bit longer for him but that’s how life is sometimes.”