Oxlade-Chamberlain salutes Liverpool FC boss Klopp during recovery
The Liverpool FC star opens up about how Jurgen Klopp has helped the injured midfielder during his rehabilitation so far
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has shed light on the role Jurgen Klopp has played in the Liverpool FC star’s recovery from a serious knee injury.
The England international has been sidelined since April with a knee problem after Oxlade-Chamberlain was forced off the pitch in the first half of Liverpool FC’s 5-2 win over AS Roma in the Champions League semi-final at Anfield.
Oxlade-Chamberlain isn’t expected to feature in the current Premier League campaign given the severity of his injury, although the 25-year-old is targeting a return before the end of the campaign.
The Liverpool FC number 21 has been given a new lease of life at the 18-time English champions under Klopp after the Reds signed Oxlade-Chamberlain in a £40m deal from Arsenal in the 2017 summer transfer window.
The former Southampton midfielder had started to stagnate at the north London side but Oxlade-Chamberlain finished his first season at Liverpool FC with five goals and nine assists in 43 games in all competitions.
Oxlade-Chamberlain revealed how German head coach Klopp has continued to make the Englishman feel part of the Liverpool FC squad despite his long-term injury.
“He has been massive for me. Whenever I see him he has always got a smile on his face and is really positive,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Liverpool FC’s website.
“He keeps me in his thoughts; when he talks about the team he’ll mention me, which is obviously really nice, especially when the boys are doing so well.
“The important thing is he has given me time and said: ‘We know how long this is going to be, don’t worry about it, it’s not a problem – get yourself right and then we’ll go again.’ It’s really nice to hear.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain was initially made to wait to become a first-team regular at Liverpool FC before the 2017 signing blossomed into a key member of Klopp’s team.
The three-time FA Cup winner was a vital cog in the Liverpool FC midfield in the second half of the season alongside Jordan Henderson and James Milner.