Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed to Liverpool’s official Twitter account that he realised he had suffered a bad injury when he saw Dejan Lovren’s reaction
The former Arsenal midfielder suffered a knee injury inside the first 20 minutes of Liverpool’s victory win against Roma in their Champions League semifinal first leg last season. As a result, Oxlade-Chamberlain was ruled out until May 2019, apart from missing the European final in Ukraine against Real Madrid as well as England’s semifinal run at the World Cup in Russia.
And the 25-year-old explained to the Reds’ Twitter account that Lovren’s reaction to the injury told him all he needed to know. He said: “Straightaway I thought, ‘I’m in a bit of trouble here’.
“Probably Dejan’s reaction. He was just stood over me, looking down and doing this (hands over his face) and I was like, ‘You’re not helping me mate’.”
The Liverpool star, who was just hitting top form at the time of his injury and played a pivotal role in helping Jurgen Klopp’s side ease past Manchester City in the previous round, was also hopeful that he could be back to playing again before the season drew to a close, despite knowing that winning back his place could be difficult.
Klopp mostly used him as a central midfield for most of the 2017-18 season, but the German manager can now rely on the likes of Naby Keita to do the job in the middle of the park. Still, Oxlade-Chamberlain offers something that many Liverpool midfielders don’t, and it will be interesting to see if he can get return to his barnstorming best upon his return.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been unlucky with injuries ever since breaking out as a teenager at Arsenal, and that has seen him lose momentum countless times. One can only hope that he recovers well this time and can return with zero issues and pick up from where he had left off before the injury.