GENK, BELGIUM - Wednesday, October 23, 2019: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between KRC Genk and Liverpool FC at the KRC Genk Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp expects to use Ox “as soon as possible” after returning to full training

Jurgen Klopp has welcomed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back to full training, and said that the midfielder is likely to be used “as soon as possible” due to other injuries.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is yet to feature since the 3-1 win over Newcastle at the end of last season, having suffered a knee injury during pre-season training.

It was a big blow for the 27-year-old, who had recovered from a serious knee problem in 2018 to make 43 appearances last term, forcing him back onto the treatment table and, later, the gym at Kirkby.

Ahead of the Reds’ 1-1 draw with Midtjylland, Oxlade-Chamberlain joined the squad for full training, but he was not included for the trip to Denmark.

But with an away clash with Fulham to come in the Premier League on Sunday, there is a possibility that he is involved, with Klopp admitting he may be required “as soon as possible.”

“Oxlade is in normal training – [he has been] doing parts of training now for a week or so,” he told reporters on Friday.

“He is now in full training and we will see.

“The situation probably demands to involve him as soon as possible, but I don’t know if the weekend is that moment already.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, July 22, 2020: Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (C) celebrates scoring his side's fifth goal, to make the score 5-3, with team-mate Curtis Jones during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp was asked to reflect further on the situation for Oxlade-Chamberlain, and said that while he “will not rush it,” he will “immediately” be an option when he has trained for long enough.

“It’s long, eh? Unbelievable. I still remember the situation how it happened in training, normal challenge and one gets up, the other not,” the manager added.

“That’s really hard. Tough time for him, but the sun shines for him already for a month or two, since he’s doing all the necessary stuff in rehab.

“He was on the pitch with the ball, now he’s with the team. So all these steps, it’s great for him, great for us.

“Again, we cannot and will not rush it. But when he’s long enough in normal team training, then of course he becomes an option immediately.

“It’s good, absolutely good.”