Liverpool will assess the muscle issue Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain felt during his 40-minute appearance for the U23s on Friday afternoon.

The midfielder made his comeback from a long-term knee injury in the 3-1 victory for Neil Critchley’s side at Derby County.

Having started the Premier League 2 encounter, Oxlade-Chamberlain was taken off five minutes before half-time as a precautionary measure.

“He obviously had a bit of an issue but hopefully it’s nothing major,” said Critchley. “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. He was looking over [to the bench] and we weren’t sure. It’s maybe some kind of muscle problem and maybe one to assess tomorrow.

“What was good is that he was sensible. He came off quite quick. He has handled that situation quite well.”

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