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Injury News: Klopp gives major update on Liverpool duo ahead of Community Shield

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Liverpool boss gives Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Caoimhin Kelleher injury update

While speaking in an interview as quoted by the club’s Official Site, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gave an injury update on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Caoimhin Kelleher.

 Oxlade-Chamberlain will likely spend more time on the sidelines amid ongoing uncertainty around his future at Liverpool. The injury that he suffered in the preseason match against Crystal Palace a fortnight ago in Singapore has turned into a serious blow. 

Now, It has been confirmed by Jurgen Klopp, that the former Arsenal player will be forced to sit out for an extended amount of time.

“With Oxlade it will take longer. It’s a serious hamstring injury and it will take longer. But it’s a hamstring, and we all hate this word, we hate the injury but anyway it happens from time to time and now Ox was the one.”

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in training.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in training. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

This summer, while the team considers its options in central midfield, the 28-year-old has been linked with a move away from Anfield. With Fabio Carvalho’s inclusion and Harvey Elliott’s role in central midfield, Oxlade-Chamberlain finds himself further down the pecking order in the fiercely competitive midfield.

His current deal expires next summer, after which he will become a free agent. That is, if he doesn’t renew his contract and still remains with us until the end of the upcoming season.

The German manager gave a positive update on the injury of Caoimhin Kelleher and suggested the backup goalkeeper will be back soon. However, the Irishman is set to miss the Community Shield game against Manchester City.

“Yeah, Caoimh felt something after the international game and everybody, the medical department there, told him it’s fine and will be good after holiday. He came back and first training [session] felt it again. We checked it and it was not good so I think Caoimh will be another two, three weeks and then he should be fine.”

Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool is behind Alisson Becker in the pecking order.
Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool is behind Alisson Becker in the pecking order. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

While on Merseyside, Oxlade-Chamberlain has repeatedly had to battle injury issues. He transferred from Arsenal to the Reds in the summer of 2017, but a knee injury he suffered that year prevented him from playing in the World Cup in Russia 12 months later.

Now with a new injury knocking on his door, the 28-year-old might not be able to win the manager’s trust back, which decreases his chances of getting a contract renewal at Anfield. 

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As for Kelleher, he was our hero in the EFL Cup final win against Chelsea earlier this year. However, it seems that we will have to trust Adrian San Miguel in goal for the game against Manchester City at the King Power Stadium tonight.