Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has paid tribute to fellow compatriot and teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The England international sustained a serious knee ligament injury while playing for the Reds against AS Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final and he has since been left on the sidelines.
Initially, it had been suggested that the former Arsenal man could return to action by the start of the 2018/19 season but manager Jurgen Klopp disclosed the truth during pre-season that the Englishman may miss entirety of the current campaign through his rehabilitation programme. As such, the midfielder is facing a fresh low in terms of his professional career and Henderson has praised him for the positive reaction whenever they have spoken to each other.
Jamie Redknapp believes that Jurgen Klopp has been able to transform the fortunes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in just a few months. Liverpool brought in the England international from Arsenal in the summer for around £ 35 million. After being in and out of the national team for several years, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been able to establish himself as a regular first-team player at Liverpool. Even though he made a slow start at Anfield, he has been extremely good of late and came up with one of the goals in the 5-0 victory over Swansea on Boxing Day.
Redknapp claims that he was not initially sure about Oxlade-Chamberlain moving to Anfield, as the competition was intense at the club and they were going through a transitional period with regard to the quality of players being signed. There was a sense that Liverpool snapped up Oxlade-Chamberlain only because he was available for a much less transfer fee, when he was also apt enough to fit into the homegrown players rule. After starting out as a in his career, Oxlade-Chamberlain of late has found incredible success as a wingback. His energy, the ability to come up with tackles, and attacking moves have all contributed to his growth as a wingback.