Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has issued an update on the fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
According to the boss, the midfielder remains on course following his withdrawal for U-23 team’s game against Derby County on Friday four minutes before halftime; which means four minutes before it was planned for him to be substituted.
“It’s not really surprising, it’s normal. The good news is the knee is perfect – nothing happened, that was our only concern,” Klopp told the club’s official website today (Monday).
“Football games are different to football training, that’s why he felt the muscle a little bit, and thank God we were smart enough to take him off, even if it was only five minutes earlier than we thought [before the game]. That made absolute sense. Nothing else happened.
“We always said he needs time. Maybe I’m a bit guilty for being too excited about it; if nobody asked me I wouldn’t start talking about Ox, to be honest, but they ask me and I say the truth – and the truth was it looked so exciting in training. But it’s only small-sided games, shooting situations and all that.
“It’s Ox, we all know and love him, that’s cool, but, at the end of the day, we all need to make sure we are ready for the big-size pitch. And for this he just needs time. It’s all good.”