Danny Mills has insisted that Liverpool should not be concerned about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury record despite another setback for the midfielder.
The former Leeds United defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, heaped praise on the “very exciting” 27-year-old and claimed that he has proven his fitness over the past 12 months.
The club confirmed that the centre-midfielder is set to miss the rest of preseason after he suffered a knock to his knee while training in Austria.
He is also set to miss the Community Shield against his former club Arsenal on the 29 August.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has enjoyed a relatively injury free season for the Reds having missed the majority of the 2018/19 season with hamstring and ACL injuries.
When asked by Football Insider if there is cause for concern over the England international’s injury record, Mills said:
“It is a different injury and it is really tough sometimes. When you have missed a big chunk of a season, you have missed a preseason it is difficult.
“But this has not been a normal season. If it had been I would suggest there is something in the body that cannot quite take it; like with Jack Wilshere.
“You ask all of those kind of things but with Oxlade Chamberlain when he came back we saw how fit and how strong he was.
“I really like him as a player. He is very exciting. It is way too early to start being overly concerned about his injury record.”
When speaking on the injury, Jurgen Klopp said: “Really unfortunate. An unfortunate situation as well; it was a challenge.
“It keeps him out for we don’t know for sure exactly how long, but for sure this pre-season he will not make a game, Arsenal for sure not.”
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