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.”
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