Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to feature for Liverpool U-23s against Derby on Friday, and admitted he is ‘excited’ about the midfielder’s return from injury.
The 25-year-old has missed the entirety of the current campaign so far, having sustained a serious knee injury during April’s Champions League semi-final meeting with Roma at Anfield.
The former Arsenal midfielder has been training with the first team in recent weeks as he continues his rehabilitation, and the England international is now set for match time with an outing for the club’s U-23 side.
“He’s a smart boy. It was clear he would need some sessions to prepare himself for a game,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference.
“Very positive. But he was out a long time and we need to be sensible.
“He’s ready so we let him go.
“Derby is a tough opponent. The previous game against Everton he could have played but I wasn’t sure about the intensity but now he is ready and we’ll let him start.
“We are excited of course.”
Liverpool face Burnley at Anfield on Sunday.