Jurgen Klopp has provided a positive injury update on the fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after concerns last week when he was substituted during a game for the Liverpool U23s.
The 25-year-old was withdrawn just before half time during a reserves game against Derby County.
He was spotted clutching his hamstring moments before he was withdrawn and fans on social media expressed their concern but it appears as though he was suffering tightness in his muscles.
Given his 11 month layoff, tightness is to be expected and Klopp has now told the club’s official website that there is nothing to be concerned about.
“It’s not really surprising, it’s normal. The good news is the knee is perfect – nothing happened, that was our only concern,” the manager told Liverpoolfc.com on 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.”