Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is nearing a return to the Liverpool first-team.
According to The Daily Mail, the England international will feature for the club’s U23s against Derby County on Friday.
Chamberlain has been out of action for the past 10 months after suffering a bad knee injury against AS Roma in last season’s Champions League semi-final first leg.
The news is a major boost for the Reds, who have been stuttering in the Premier League in recent weeks.
Draws against Leicester City, West Ham United, Manchester United and Everton have allowed Manchester City to overtake them at the top of the table, and some momentum has been lost.
With Chamberlain’s return imminent though, the Reds can stave off City over the final nine games.
A bitter pill to swallow for Arsenal fans?
For the first time since his injury, it can be argued that Liverpool genuinely miss what Chamberlain brings.
The team have been in brilliant form for most of the season, but lately they’ve lacked positivity, creativity and drive in midfield.
If he can come back and hit the ground running, then Liverpool will have a good chance of winning the Premier League.
It will be a big ask given how long he has been out, but the Reds need his quality for a crucial stage of the season.
And if he does manage to transform their fortunes and contribute to a first Premier League title, then it’ll surely be a sickener for Arsenal fans, many of whom were happy to see him leave the Emirates Stadium for £35 million in 2017 (BBC Sport).
A lot of Gunners supporters though it was good business to sell a player who struggled for consistency for such cash.
Before his injury Liverpool though, he had been threatening to showcase his best form, which had been worrying some Arsenal fans.