International breaks are never fun. Particularly when Liverpool are in such fine form, these periods serve only as tedious pauses between Kop conquests. This particular break was a nightmare watch for Kopites. In our view, Jürgen Klopp has every right to be angry with Gareth Southgate.
Last season, the Reds were without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for pretty much all of their campaign. The Ox picked up a substantial knee injury during a Champions League clash with Roma in April 2018.
Our ex-Arsenal midfielder is only just returning to the first team fold. At the start of the season, the gaffer proclaimed that Oxlade-Chamberlain would be ‘like a new signing’ when he was fully fit again. The German wasn’t wrong. The Ox has netted five in his last seven games for club and country.
Given that our dynamic midfielder is only just getting back into his stride, Jürgen Klopp should be angry with Gareth Southgate for his handling of the player.
During the international break the England boss played Oxlade-Chamberlain twice in just three days. Given that The Ox missed nearly all of last season and only began playing regular football in October, playing him twice in three days is reckless to say the least.
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The midfielder could prove critical to our title challenge this season with his goals from the middle. Our approach play lacked flair before his return, now we look much more threatening. Southgate risked the player’s fitness with his demanding schedule.
International breaks are usually an inconvenience for Kopites, this one was a heart attack waiting to happen.