Ox Recovery on Course – Klopp

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.

Derby County v Liverpool: Premier League 2 : News Photo
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool walks from the pitch with physio Richie Partridge during the PL2 game at Derby County Training Ground on March 8, 2019 in Derby, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

“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.”

Veselin Trajkovic

A sports enthusiast, Liverpool FC fan, writing for several blogs, likes to focus on football for what it is, rather than stats or bias. Writing for FOAR since its inception.

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