Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will have some time on the pitch for Liverpool U23. Since suffering knee ligament injury last season, English international is closer to return, as Merseyside club keeps on battling for EPL and Champions League titles.
Liverpool U23 will face Derby County, and Jurgen Klopp thinks this match would be an important one to make judgement on midfielder’s fitness.
“The plan is to give him some match time” German told liverpoolfc.com.
“All that we saw so far in training looks really good, it looks really exciting, but we all know it is a massive difference between each training session you have and playing a proper game.
“It’s not about the opponent, it’s about judging situations, a bigger pitch, higher intensity, a different concentration level. The preparation for a match is different to a normal training session, so players after a long period [out] need to get used to that.
“There is absolutely no expectation on the game [for him] apart from go through it, tick that box, come back and go on training again. It doesn’t say anything about him ‘being ready for five days later’ or whatever, it is just a first – and very, very important – step. As I said, in training Ox is back but now we have to make sure we really prepare him for the rest of his career and the rest of this season.” added Klopp.