Liverpool supporters have reacted despairingly to the news that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is struggling with a calf injury.
The midfielder is still on the comeback trail from the ACL injury suffered in April last year with the former Arsenal star yet to start a competitive game in 15 months.
The Daily Mail reports that with Chamberlain aiming for a Premier League return against Norwich City next month, he is currently struggling with a calf issue.
Klopp told the press: “Two games in a row with 60 minutes. That is very important. He has been a bit unlucky with a calf problem. 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 when he was really involved and then he felt it. Apart from that he has made all the sessions, which is unbelievably important. That is very positive.”
Liverpool have their first game of the season against Manchester City where they will battle it out with Pep Guardiola’s side for the FA Community Shield before starting their Premier League season against Norwich City the following weekend.
More reason why we should make signings
— Jojo(A new Nigeria) (@amahnoghna) July 25, 2019
Yet people think ox is going to play every game this season
— Lakers91 (@CLakers91) July 25, 2019
Only one man can save our season pic.twitter.com/jLCkVbdjNU
— Roger (@RogerSmith_1947) July 25, 2019
Please tell me he will be 100% come first gameweek?
— An (@AnfieldAn) July 25, 2019
So 2 of the players who we are told are like “new signings” Lallana and Chamberlain are already having fitness issues only a few weeks into pre season, who’d have guessed it with their previous injury issues… https://t.co/Llo86UaAQF
— John O Sullivan (@Corballyred) July 25, 2019
Klopp will be desperate for Chamberlain to find full fitness in the next two weeks as Naby Keita is yet to start pre-season so there is a chance for the former Gunner to edge in front of the Guinean in the pecking order before he starts training.
If the Englishman is unable to start at the start of the season, Klopp still has a strong trio of Henderson, Fabinho and Wijnaldum that he can call on and given their success in the Champions League last season, it might be the best bet even if Chamberlain is fit.
Klopp is blessed with a lot more options in midfield than he has been in the past so if the Ox is unable to start, it won’t be a disaster.