Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made quite an impression on Merseyside following his £35m move from Arsenal back in 2017. The England midfielder’s tenacity, dribbling ability and eye for goal made him a hit with Kopites everywhere. When he sustained a nasty injury against Roma in 2018, it was heartbreaking for Liverpool fans – he had been integral to our attacking flair and had scored a worldie in the quarter finals against Man City. The Ox is finally getting back into the team and netted a brace against Genk midweek. Jürgen Klopp has explained why Oxlade-Chamberlain took so long to get back into the side.
When the former Arsenal man first learned the extent of his injury after the Roma tie, he insisted that the information wasn’t released until after the Champions League final as he didn’t want to knock morale in the dressing room. When it was released, the world learned that The Ox would be lucky to play at all in the 2018/19 season. He returned to the side a year and two days on from his horror injury when he made a cameo appearance from the bench against Huddersfield in April.
During his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s visit from Spurs, Klopp discussed the midfielder’s rehabilitation. The press conference was broadcast live on the club’s official site. Jürgen Klopp explained why Oxlade-Chamberlain took so long to get back into the side when he said, “The best moments in a career, you don’t think too much, you just do it. It’s about feeling the game using your skills. That is what you lose in rehab. Flow is not there. To be reliable again you need time”.
The Ox has certainly recovered his killer instinct. The midfielder scored twice against Genk, the second goal being an absolute worldie. He is certain to feature more heavily in the coming weeks and Liverpool need him to, we have lacked creative spark in the midfield this season – hopefully Oxlade-Chamberlain can reignite our approach play.