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Liverpool provide injury updates on Harvey Elliott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The Independent
The Independent
 2022-01-21

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he’s unsure on when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will return to action but that Harvey Elliott could be back after the international break.

Elliott hasn’t played since his ankle ligament injury against Leeds in September . Klopp was emotional when he saw the teenager go off with injury in the game and he spoke of his joy at his return to training .

“It’s outstanding,” Klopp said. “I have a really nice office with a really good view on the pitches and when Harvey did his rehab sessions the last weeks, I could watch probably five of them, so I got already excited by watching them and then he came back. Now it’s really cool.

“He was out for a long time so we cannot and will not and should not rush it, but he looked directly like he could play! We had to force ourselves a little bit to say, ‘No, no, that makes no sense after that long period.’

“But I’m pretty sure after the international break he should be ready.”

Meanwhile Oxlade-Chamberlain is rehabbing his own ankle problem but the certainty around his return is less clear than Elliott’s.

Klopp added: “Ox, we hope and pray, he was running yesterday but we don’t know what that exactly means for today. It would be helpful if he could train before the game. I don’t know yet.”

Liverpool next play Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday and then they face Cardiff City in the FA Cup on 6 February.

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