Jurgen Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com that Joe Gomez has made a return to training three and a half months after breaking his leg against Burnley.
The Englishman suffered a leg break after being tackled overzealously by Ben Mee at Turf Moor.
Klopp said: “It is nice – Joe is not injured anymore and nearly fit.
“He will not be in the afternoon training session because he has to do something else – he has to work on his endurance, that’s how it is and how the boys always have to do it, like Ox had to do it when he was finally back in training.
“After a long time, I think Joe was out for 15 weeks, that is long, so he needs to now create the basis again for the rest of the season.”
Gomez returning to training is brilliant news as his calm presence and ability to break the lines with accurate flat passes to the forwards or midfielders has been missed.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has suffered a minor injury setback. Thankfully it’s nothing more and Klopp says it is just a result of not playing football for almost a year.
The Englishman will still be able to take part for Liverpool this season but his contribution is unlikely to be an overly meaningful one. That said, if he can get himself fully fit for pre-season and start the 2019/20 season like a house on fire, that would be amazing.
Liverpool are in need of a new attacking midfielder but one option that seems to have escaped the attention of most fans is that Chamberlain could be the missing puzzle piece.
The former Gunner was brilliant when playing a more advanced role last season, with his running and quick passing allowing Mohamed Salah the opportunity to run in behind and bury teams early on in games.
Could Chambo the player that has been missing all this time?