An injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shows the need for patience with Jurgen Klopp’s plan this season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is undergoing his first pre-season since joining Liverpool two years ago. He arrived after the start of the season in 2017, of course, while injury kept him out of 95% of last season’s campaign.
But now he’s back – although there’s been a setback.
“He has been a bit unlucky with a calf problem,” said Klopp told the Telegraph.
“It is not a tear but something he has from time to time when the intensity gets too high for him. He had to get through the first 20 minutes [against Sporting Lisbon] when he was really involved and then he felt it.
“Then he was not part of the game anymore, which is not too cool for the others if there is someone on and off. Apart from that he has made all the sessions, which is unbelievably important. That is very positive.”
The bigger picture
We won’t know if he is right until Oxlade-Chamberlain is back to his best – if that happens at all.