Liverpool vs Huddersfield confirmed teams: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain included in Reds squad for Premier League clash at Anfield
Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain has been included in Liverpool’s match day squad to face Huddersfield Town on Friday night.
The Reds will be hoping to keep the pressure on Manchester City by claiming all three points and moving back to the top of the Premier League table.
And Jurgen Klopp will have been delighted to call upon Oxlade-Chamberlain after a year out.
The former Arsenal midfielder suffered multiple ligament damage during the Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma.
After missing the Final against Real Madrid and England’s World Cup campaign in Russia, manager Klopp admitted it would be a ‘bonus’ if the £40million signing played a competitive game before May.
Speaking in July 2018, Klopp said: “It feels like now is an appropriate time to tell people that for Ox this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab.
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“We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury, and after the successful surgery we were sure of it. I hope everyone treats this information responsibly. There has been no change, no setback – it’s exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for. The new information is that we’re now giving more detail publicly.
“It is typical of Ox that he didn’t want the news to overshadow the end of the season and, to be quite honest, we thought we could wait and tell people at an appropriate time. His surgery – which he had on the day of our second leg in Rome – has been completely successful and his recovery has started superbly well. But the truth of the matter is that we are preparing this season knowing he will not be with us on the pitch for competitive matches for the majority of it. If we do see him back this season, it will be a bonus.”
However, despite the initial diagnosis, the 25-year-old is in line to get Premier League minutes against the relegated Terriers this evening. Here’s how the teams line up for the clash, which kicks off at 8pm:
Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Keita; Mane, Salah, Sturridge
Huddersfield XI: Lossl, Smith, Kongolo, Hogg, Bacuna, Grant, Mbenza, Mounie, Schindler, Stankovic, Durm.
Source: SportsLatest TS