Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will take one step closer to making his comeback for the Liverpool first team later this week.

The attacking midfielder, who has been out with a knee injury since the back end of last season, will play a part in the Liverpool Under-23s match against Derby on Friday as he works towards regaining match fitness.

Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a damaged cruciate and medial ligaments, as well as injuring his hamstring tendons, during the Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma last April. He was immediately ruled out for the rest of the campaign and was not expected to be available this season.

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However, the England international had worked hard over the last few months and is set to return to the fold earlier than anticipated.

“He has been training with the first-team squad for several weeks – “70% of team training then he leaves a bit early to do something else and the things he needs,” Jurgen Klopp revealed last week, according to The Guardian.

The news of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return will come as a huge boost to his manager and teammates as they seek to maintain their title push for the remaining weeks of the season.

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