At the minute, we can only hope and pray that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can recover to the form he demonstrated before his epic injury setback. The England international was one of Liverpool’s most vital players in the 2017/18 season before his tragic injury suffered against Roma in the Champions League semi finals. The midfielder was out for the rest of that season and for most of the next, he was sorely missed by Liverpool in a devastatingly close title race.
When fit and firing, the former Arsenal man was the driving force of Liverpool’s counter attacks. He was ferociously energetic, always looking to move forward with the ball and had an eye for goal. The Ox even got on the score sheet during Liverpool’s first half dismantling of Man City in the Champions League quarter finals first leg. The Reds were less emphatic going forward last season and this seems to have been carried into this campaign.
In 2017/18 Jürgen Klopp’s men would just blow teams away and pray we scored more than them. Oxlade-Chamberlain was crucial to this approach with his explosive work rate when attacking. However, we seem to have matured our approach since his absence. Could Oxlade-Chamberlain be the latest in a list of unlucky Liverpool fan favourites?
Daniel Sturridge and Fernando Torres both had their Anfield careers devastated by injuries. Each striker picked up a series of injury setbacks after impressing in the league, neither recovered to full form or fitness for the Reds. Somehow, Liverpool blagged £50m for an out of sorts Torres, Sturridge on the other hand was released on a free.
Liverpool fans will be praying that the Ox doesn’t suffer the same fate as Studge and Nando. If he recovers, he could be pivotal to our title challenge.