The March international break may be the most frustratingly placed, but stay patient, because this one has a surprise at the end of it. Manager Jürgen Klopp has revealed that the Reds will return to action with two much-missed players in their ranks.
Joe Gomez, who fractured his leg in the December victory against Burnley, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been missing with a knee injury since last year, will both be back to full fitness once the games kick back into gear.
This is hugely welcome news for Reds fans who saw how much better both players made their team. Seven games remain in the league this season and Liverpool are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, so there are still plenty of opportunities for these two to make an impact before season’s end.
Klopp promises that Gomez should be in full training in two weeks when the players return, “and then we will see how long it takes.” Meanwhile Oxlade-Chamberlain, who played 41 minutes of U23s action last week, should be “100% fit” when the time comes.
Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t play at all this season, but Klopp’s midfield has been extremely fluid. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him earn himself a spot, especially considering how well he performed in Klopp’s system last season.
Gomez, on the other hand, before his injury, was giving Virgil van Dijk a run for his money in terms of being Liverpool’s best center-back. Him coming back into fitness and form for the end of this season could prove to be a game-changer for the Reds.
By all means, keep working those good luck charms for the players away on international duty, but it’s good to know that there will definitely be some good news at the end of this two weeks.