Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has urged midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to be patient as he works his way back to full fitness after injury.
A knee ligament injury sustained during Liverpool’s Champions League match with Roma last April kept the former Arsenal man out for 16 months.
He started in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Southampton last weekend in what was his first start in over 16 months.
“He needs to be patient in the right way, and everything will be fine 100 per cent,” Klopp said, according to Goal.
“We only talk about Ox because everybody knows how good he is.
“We need to make sure that he can show that on the pitch as well. When I make the decision that he is now ready then it is my responsibility of course, and the boy only has to try to do his best. That’s what Ox obviously did.
“What did I say to Ox after the game in Istanbul? Nothing. It’s a completely normal situation,” he added.
“He had a difficult game and we have a sensational offensive option on the bench, so I thought it made sense to use that. That was all, nothing else. With Ox, with patience in the right way, everything should be fine.”
The Brazilian left the Reds for Barcelona in January 2018 in a deal worth up to €145 million, but the 27-year-old has already been shipped out of the Camp Nou, joining Bayern on an initial season-long loan with an option to buy for €120m.
Die Rotten will pay his full wage package as well as an €8.5m loan fee, however, speaking to Goal, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp suggested the club were offered the chance to bring him back.
“It sounds a bit strange, but we could not afford it, we have already spent the cash that we got for him,” Klopp told Goal.
Klopp at the time was reluctant to let Coutinho leave with the playmaker a crucial player both in midfield and as an option in the front three of Liverpool’s attack.
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And the German admitted if he had his way, Coutinho would never have left.
“We were reluctant to hand him over, but Barcelona forced us with money, so to speak,” he added.
“The move makes sense for both sides. He’s a super player and a great boy. He is a world-class footballer who can change games in the right environment.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes winning at Southampton was the best way to celebrate lifting another trophy.
The Reds made light of their midweek exertions, where they travelled to Istanbul and won the Super Cup against Chelsea, to triumph 2-1 on the south coast and record a club-record 11th successive Premier League win.
It was their second prize in the last three months, following the Champions League success in June, and they are now the country’s most trophy-laden club with 46.
But Klopp took much more pride in the way his side battled to three points at St Mary’s thanks to goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
“I have nothing to do with pretty much 99 per cent of the trophies the club have won,” he said.
“It took long enough to get rid of the burden of all the success in the past, so it is good we won the games.
“We will never forget that for sure, our supporters will never forget that.
“Actually, it is easy to be happy after the game and then be concentrated the next morning about the next thing.
“It is not that we now run constantly through the floors or whatever and celebrate and don’t put our arms down. It’s all OK.
“That’s why I liked it so much. We are not used to winning big things and then coming to Southampton, I really loved how much respect we showed.
“I said before the game that this looks like the biggest banana skin in history; everybody is waiting for it and probably all the headlines were written already.
“I told the boys the headline I would prefer is, ‘The mentality giants were in town’ – that’s how I feel it in the moment.
“The boys did an outstanding job, all good, let’s go home, recover and start again.”
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