Oxlade-Chamberlain in fresh injury scare
Liverpool are checking Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after his return to action after 11 months out with a knee injury ended early.
The England international was scheduled to play 45 minutes in the Under-23s' Premier League 2 match at Derby but was taken off four minutes before half-time as a precaution over a tight hamstring.
Liverpool were not prepared to take any risks on his return from serious knee ligament damage sustained last April. Having been taken off just before the break, he took the five-minute walk back to the changing rooms with a physio during which time he happily posed for photographs with fans.
When asked how he was, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: "Yeah, all good."
Under-23 boss Matt Critchley says he will be assessed but the club are hopeful it's not a serious setback.
He said: "He obviously had a bit of an issue but hopefully it’s nothing major. The bonus for him is that it’s not his knee, so he’s delighted there are no problems with that.
"He was enjoying himself, he was happy to be back playing. Hopefully when he wakes up in the morning, fingers crossed it’s nothing and only a precaution.
"The idea was only ever to play him for 45 minutes at most anyway. He nearly got that, as well.
"Hopefully it’s not as bad as it first looked."
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.