After taking him off at half-time in the UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his selection of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a mistake.
The game was Chamberlain's first start since April 2018 when he sustained a serious and long-term knee injury against Roma in a Champions League semi-final. Following his lengthy injury, the former Arsenal midfielder made just three substitute cameos against Huddersfield and Wolves last season and the Community Shield earlier this month.
Klopp brought on Roberto Firmino at the start of the second half, as he admitted that starting Chamberlain was a mistake, "I didn't say a lot to Ox [at half-time] I don't think it was necessary. It was very important for him to have these minutes.
"It's a position he can play and he can play much better than he did tonight. That's how it is after a long injury, you have to find your rhythm. In training it's already there. In the game he had good moments but not enough for his quality.
"It was a very intense game and I had to make that decision because I didn't want to push him. We wanted to give him an opportunity to shine. It wasn't as possible as we would have wished in that position, but that was my mistake and not his as I made that decision."