Liverpool fans were rocked when the extent of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s knee injury was revealed in July.
It was initially thought that the midfielder would return at some point in 2018 following the injury he suffered against Roma in April.
However, the Liverpool Echo reported last month that the 24-year-old will miss the entire 2018-19 campaign.
Despite the arrivals of Naby Keita and Fabinho in the summer, it was still hugely disappointing news.
Oxlade-Chamberlain came into his own during the second half of last season and certainly had a part to play this year.
Liverpool knew all along that Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury was a serious one.
But the information wasn’t disclosed as the midfielder didn’t want it to dent the feel-good factor of the club’s run to the Champions League final.
Ox's latest workout video
Liverpool are safe in the knowledge that Oxlade-Chamberlain won’t take his rehabilitation lightly.
He’s posted several photos on Instagram during his recovery and his latest post has left supporters wondering if they will see the Ox at some point this season.
The England international can be seen working out at Melwood, using battling ropes and an exercise bike before moving onto the boxing pads.
There’s a clear attempt not to put any pressure on the injured right knee. The Ox only uses his left leg to pedal on the bike.
But the latest clip adds to the series of posts that show just how hard he is working during his recovery.
And Liverpool fans believe he may return before the season is over.
“In all honesty I reckon he will be back in March, possibly even Feb,” Twitter user @TheOx21_ wrote.
It would be a major boost for Liverpool if Oxlade-Chamberlain can come back earlier than expected.
The Reds are expected to compete on all fronts this season and he would be a welcome addition to the squad for the final few months.
However, Liverpool won’t rush his return.
Klopp will feel that he has enough in midfield to cope without Oxlade-Chamberlain for the entire campaign.
He suffered damage to his posterior cruciate ligament, anterior cruciate ligament and medial ligaments - that’s serious stuff.
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