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Why Oxlade-Chamberlain injury has come at perfect time

The Reds are champions of the world. Soak it in. Jürgen Klopp’s men beat Flamengo 1-0 in the Club World Cup final to take home the trophy and the coveted golden badge. One sour note was the Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injury sustained in the second half. Thankfully, the knock couldn’t have come at a better time for the Reds.

The Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injury couldn’t have come at a better time. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

It was a hard fought win over the Brazilian, Copa Libertadores champions. It took an injury time winner from Bobby Firmino to separate the sides.

Before the end of normal time an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injury forced the Englishman off after 75 minutes. Adam Lallana came on and performed admirably.

The Ox was able to limp off and spare the stretcher but he was later seen on crutches and wearing a moon boot. With the ex-Arsenal man having only just returned to his best form following a year out due to an injury sustained against Roma in 2018, this could be devastating news for the midfielder.

Thankfully, the Oxlade-Chamberlain injury couldn’t have come at a better time for Jürgen Klopp. The Reds have just landed a bright attacking midfielder, having signed Takumi Minamino for £7.25m. Klopp can also rest assured that club record signing Naby Keita is now hitting the heights we expected from him.

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With The Ox set to miss some football in the coming weeks, Naby Keita can cement his place in the site and Takumi Minamino can be thrown in at the deep end – it seems as though this could be the ideal way of doing things given the Japanese midfielder’s determined attitude.



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