Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are looking at the bigger picture as they continue to ease Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back into action.
The midfielder is nearing his return to the pitch having been out injured with knee ligament damage since last April’s Champions League semi-final against Roma.
He stepped up his recovery earlier this month when he worked alongside his teammates for the first time again during the club’s training camp in Marbella.
Despite his progress, Klopp remains keen on treating his situation with caution in order to avoid further disruptions to his career in the future.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “Ox is doing 70 per cent of team training. He trains full but not as much as the others. Then he leaves a bit early to do something else and the things he needs.”
“Everyone is always looking for a reaction but nothing has happened yet. We have to prepare him for his entire career, not just one particular game. When he’s in training it looks very nice.”
Having previously been expected to miss the entire season, it would mark a huge bonus were the Englishman to play any part over the next few months.
Liverpool are also expected to have Joe Gomez back before the end of March, with Jurgen Klopp tipping him to be available again following the international break.
Recent months have underlined just how important squad depth could prove to be in the final stages of the Premier League title race.