Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been a long-term absentee for us since that terrible knee injury against Roma in the Champions League last year. He finally made a comeback appearance for Liverpool’s U23 team earlier in March.
But now, the Ox has been in the wars again – thankfully, this time it was just a scratch wound.
Chamberlain has apparently been using his spare time to ingratiate himself with his girlfriend’s cat. Little Mix star Perrie Edwards posted a full-length Instagram story of our No. 21 attempting to bond with her childhood feline friend.
It didn’t go to plan though; the Ox was filmed repeatedly trying to pick up the cat, who initially seemed to take a liking to him. But things soon turned sour as the cat shunned his advances.
Eventually, the cat lashed out at our midfielder leaving him with superficial scratches; Edwards and Chamberlain later joked about the ‘battle wounds’ from his new feline foe.
Thankfully, Ox is nearly ready for a restoration to first team action following that semi-final injury which has kept him out for a year. He’s back in full-training and now has those 40 minutes under his belt from the U23’s victory over Derby.
Jürgen Klopp has given us a fitness update on the Ox, stating that: “I heard nothing new about it so there’s no rush now. Of course not for the weekend anyway, but in general after international break he will be 100 per cent fit.”
It seems that Ox could perhaps be ready to make an appearance against Tottenham at the end of March – as long as he’s recovered from his latest pet-based injury concerns…