Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returned to action in a behind closed doors friendly against Bury on Tuesday.

The Liverpool Echo reports that the midfielder was on the pitch for 60 minutes, his longest involvement in a game since he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury a year ago.

His return to the Liverpool squad is hugely positive but there is no room for him to take part this season beyond a few minutes at the end of games to get his eye in.

There is too much at stake at the moment for Jurgen Klopp to risk giving Chamberlain game time. With the Reds gunning for the Premier League title and a sixth European Cup, Chambo might need to wait for his big return.

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The 25-year-old is one of Liverpool’s best midfielders but with Naby Keita looking like the £52million man he was advertised as being, Klopp will be able to cope without Chamberlain.

 

The Reds took a step closer to the final in Madrid by beating Porto 2-0 in the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals.

Chelsea await Liverpool this weekend in the biggest test of their title credentials before the end of the season.

The Blues will be right up for it even if they will only have two days to prepare.

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Maurizio Sarri’s side beat Liverpool earlier this season in the League Cup and held them to a score draw at Stamford Bridge but Klopp and co will be desperate to win on Sunday.

A win would seem them keep their spot at the top of the Premier League and if Manchester City lose to Crystal Palace, it will give the Reds the advantage they crave in the title race.

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