Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on track to return to training next month. Liverpool lost the midfielder late last season after he suffered knee ligament damage against Roma in the first leg of Champions League semi-final.
The Englishman creativity has been missed in the middle of the park, but he started running outside for the first time in December.
The Liverpool Echo claims Jurgen Klopp expects to have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back training in February to the 25-year-old returning to full fitness on the pitch before the end of the campaign.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s comeback could arrive at the perfect time for the Reds, as Jurgen Klopp’s side aim to see off Manchester City’s pursuit for the Premier League title. The Merseysiders are currently four points clear at the top of the league table but lost a crucial encounter with City at Etihad Stadium.
Crystal Palace travel to Anfield on Saturday, and the Premier League leaders can put pressure on the Citizens, who do not play until Sunday, with a win.
The Reds will be forced into another defensive reshuffle after Fabinho was called upon to fill in as an emergency centre-back during the 1-0 victory over Brighton.