Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has provided Liverpool supporters with an encouraging snippet of his ever-progressing recovery from a long-term knee injury.
The Liverpool man remains in rehabilitation as he strives to rediscover his full fitness and coordination after suffering multiple ligament damage during April’s Champions League semi-final first-leg against Roma.
A lengthy process has entailed welcomed progression in recent months, with the Englishman having started passing the ball again back in September.
This was followed by further strides in October when he was seen running for the first time on an anti-gravity treadmill.
In his latest update, Oxlade-Chamberlain is filmed hitting the crossbar on request – notably taking the shot on his healthy left leg. The midfielder can also be seen balancing between both legs whilst keeping the ball up with his trainer.
As it stands, the former Arsenal man looks unlikely to make a competitive appearance before the end of the season, envisioning a fresh start in 2019/2020.
Despite their unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign, Liverpool are still working to compensate for the loss of the 2017 summer signing.
Amid a lack of midfield creativity of late, the Reds men have dearly missed Oxlade-Chamberlain’s bursting drives between the lines.
His absence has paved the way for Xherdan Shaqiri to assert himself as a valuable figure in Jurgen Klopp’s setup as a means of rediscovering an attacking edge in support of the front three. There is now also a greater onus on Naby Keita to begin adding the kind of surging runs that had seen him tipped to make up for the loss of Oxlade-Chamberlain.