“Maybe it was a little too early”: Jurgen Klopp downplaying Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s furious reaction to his substitution against Manchester United and admits that he could have left him on the pitch longer
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been stolen from Liverpool’s last two games
- He slapped the back of a seat after taking his place on Sunday’s bench
- Jurgen Klopp said he suffered a blow to the Manchester United game
Jurgen Klopp downplayed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s angry reaction to his replacement in Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Manchester United on Sunday.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was replaced by Adam Lallana in the 66th minute at Anfield and was visibly dissatisfied with leaving the field. He slammed a seat back into the dugout while joining the other substitutes.
The midfielder was also taken out for Lallana in the 61st minute of Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham last week, having recently returned from an ankle injury.
Jurgen Klopp understands Alex Olxlade-Chamberlain’s desire to play 90 minutes in Liverpool
Klopp said the midfielder suffered a slight blow to Manchester United
“He’s not frustrated, he looks just like that,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Thursday’s Premier League meeting against the Wolves. ‘I asked him and it’s all right.
‘It is normal for a player to want to play 90 minutes but we must learn from our past. Oxlade is an incredibly important player for us.
‘There are moments in a game where players get a little tired and introduce themselves. I try to read the players during a game and try to understand when they are, from the energetic point of view, and to make a decision.
‘Sometimes I hit the point and other times I didn’t, maybe with Ox the last time I was a little too early, but he put it on. He limped a little.
Oxlade-Chamberlain injured his ankle in the Club World Cup final but made a quick return
In 2018, Oxlade-Chamberlain injured his knee and lost just over a year of action in Liverpool
He made his comeback a year and two days later, coming in a 5-0 win against Huddersfield
‘If a midfielder is limping, you start looking in detail and sometimes in a defensive situation, a midfielder is not where it should be and therefore there is an impact. You have to make a decision. After the game it wasn’t that bad, he knocked. “
Oxlade-Chamberlain damaged ankle ligaments in the Club World Cup final victory against Flamengo in December, but returned with a replacement appearance in Liverpool’s English Cup victory over Everton on January 5.
Injuries had an impact on England during his time in Anfield.
After reaching an electrifying form during Liverpool’s run to the 2018 Champions League final, he injured his cruciate ligament in the semi-final against Roma and was out for a year.
Klopp was speaking at his pre-game press conference before Liverpool played Wolves
He suffered an injury on April 24, 2018 and returned on April 26, 2019 in Liverpool’s 5-0 win against Huddersfield. This season, he has scored 24 times and scored five goals.
Liverpool can extend their lead over Manchester City to 16 points with a game in hand if they defeat Wolves in Molineaux on Thursday.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is available for the game, but the game comes too early for the likes of James Milner, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri. Dejan Lovren, meanwhile, resumed first team training on Monday.