Liverpool midfielders Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have set their sights on working their hardest to get back into the team after the October international break.
The Liverpool Echo reported that the England pair, who were both omitted from Gareth Southgate’s squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers, plan to forego their time off and instead focus on fitness work ahead of an unforgiving run of fixtures over the next few weeks.
The Reds will play seven matches in a 22-day period after the October internationals, a sequence which includes Premier League fixtures against both Manchester clubs and Tottenham, along with a Champions League double-header versus Genk and a Carabao Cup tie against Arsenal. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
Both Lallana and Oxlade-Chamberlain have endured difficulty getting back into Liverpool’s line-up regularly after lengthy injury absences.
However, hamstring injuries kept him out for all but four months of the following campaign, while he was also sidelined by a groin strain last season, and he has started only six Premier League games since summer 2017, with his last goal for the club coming against Middlesbrough three seasons ago.
When his appearance in the Carabao Cup win over MK Dons is excluded, the 31-year-old has had just 21 minutes of game time so far this season, 11 of which came in the Community Shield. [via TransferMarkt]
Oxlade-Chamberlain had a fruitful first season at Anfield in 2017/18, scoring five goals and setting up eight more in 41 appearances before a serious knee injury kept him out for a whole year.
Since returning to action against Huddersfield in April, the 26-year-old has played in 10 matches without scoring, while this season he has had just two Premier League starts and hasn’t featured in the Champions League.
Lallana and Oxlade-Chamberlain seem to be showing the right attitude in putting in extracurricular work in order to prove their fitness and try to convince Jurgen Klopp to give them more game time.
Also, the frenetic run of fixtures between now and mid-November will likely test the depth of Liverpool’s squad and enable the pair to get some minutes on the pitch.
However, neither player has been as influential since returning from their respective injury layoffs, so the likelihood is that they will need to make any forthcoming appearances count if they are to win back their status as Liverpool regulars.
Liverpool fans, how valuable do you think Lallana and Oxlade-Chamberlain could be in the Reds’ upcoming 22-day run of seven games? Share your views in the comments section below!
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