Jordan Henderson says Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return to the training has boosted the squad

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson says the presence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in training after a long-injury layoff has provided a boost to the whole squad.

The former Arsenal man joined the team in several sessions when they were training in Marbella. He also took part in the pre-Bayern Munich warm-up session on Monday before reverting to light training and getting that rhythm back.

Chamberlain, who was one of the key players for Liverpool in the second half of last season, injured his knee in the Champions League semi-final against Roma at Anfield in April. He was diagnosed to be out for nine to ten months.

Now, with the midfielder back, Henderson and co are happy to see him. Speaking to the club’s official website, he said:

“It was obviously a massive moment for everyone but [especially] for him to be back from a bad injury. He has been out for a while now and I’m sure he’s been thinking about that moment for a long time.

“It was great to have him back. He is a great character around the lads and he is obviously a fantastic player, so to have him back within the squad was a big plus for us.

“Hopefully over the next few weeks he can keep progressing and build his fitness up. Who knows, hopefully he can get some minutes before the end of the season – that would be a huge boost for the team.”

Liverpool have a massive league game against Manchester United on Sunday as they seek to edge in the title race.

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