The Liverpool ace seemed to be well off the pace against Chelsea last night.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp spoke to reporters after last night's penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea in the Super Cup final, and shared what he said to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after bringing him off at half-time, as quoted by the club's official website.
The 26-year-old has suffered rotten luck with injuries over the past year or so, and he only played two games for the Reds last season.
The Ox came on as an 80th minute substitute against Manchester City in the charity shield two weeks ago, but played no part in Liverpool's win over Norwich City on Friday.
Klopp started him from the off against Chelsea, however. And unfortunately for the England international, he looked well off the pace.
And the Liverpool boss told reporters what he said to Oxlade-Chamberlain when he brought him off at half-time, as quoted by the club's official website:
"I didn't say a lot to Ox, I don’t think it was necessary. For Ox it was very important to have these minutes. He can play much better than he did tonight but that’s how it is and after a long injury you have to find back the rhythm. In training it’s already there and now in the game he had good moments but of course not enough for his quality.
He went on to say:
"I knew it was a very, very intense game so it was clear that we have to make that decision because we didn’t want to push him through, we want to give him the opportunity to perform, to shine if you want."
The former Arsenal man could still go on to be a key player for the Reds this season, however.
If he can get his fitness where it needs to be, the Ox will provide Liverpool with another strong option both in midfield and attack.
That is a very big if, however.
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