Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is no longer injured but will not take any risks in returning the Englishman to full fitness.
The Reds have done superbly without the former Arsenal midfielder but have missed his driving presence in the centre of the park.
His ACL injury contributed to the heartbreaking Champions League final in Kiev and Jurgen Klopp has ensured that this season didn’t follow on in the way the last ended with Liverpool topping the Premier League table after 23 games.
And now, with the title run in beckoning, the German manager could have Ox back fit and firing very soon.
Speaking about the video of Chamberlain in training in Dubai, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com at Melwood: “I loved it like the fans loved it, if they loved it! It is just brilliant!
“I didn’t lie, I said when you see him moving it is just unbelievable, he looks completely fine. The situation is now that we have to build endurance.
“What they did so far, it makes sense. You do the things to make sure the knee is again at 100 per cent. That’s obviously the case and that’s good, but from that moment on then you need time to adapt to the intensity of the game and that will take a while.
But I pretty much can’t wait until we can involve him, at least for [a few] minutes. It is so nice.
“He had hard times in the year – and in the end it pretty much will be a year – but he dealt with it in an impressive way, to be honest.
Still, everyone knew he had a hard time, but since five or six weeks [ago] you can see he sees the end, the light at the end of the tunnel, and that gave him a massive boost, gives us a massive boost, so now it is really close.”