Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will go straight back into Liverpool’s starting set up once he returns from injury.
Chamberlin suffered multiple knee ligament damage in the Champions League semi-final first leg against AS Roma last April and is expected to be out for much of this season.
‘He’s a great lad and I just hope he can keep getting stronger’
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Henderson stated:
“It’s very difficult for Ox. The great performances he was putting in before he got injured made it one of the best periods of his career so far. So to get injured for such a long time is hard to take.
“The type of lad he is, he’s very positive, very good to be around, and he’s remained like that. I’m sure he’ll have his moments at home and maybe here at Melwood when the lads aren’t here, but whenever I speak to him he’s always positive and he always looks good.
“He’s a great lad and I just hope he can keep getting stronger and get back to us as soon as he can, because he’s a massive, massive player for us.
“I’ve played with Ox for a long time, from England U21s upwards, and I knew how good he was then. It was a massive bonus that we signed him and I know he will come back stronger. When he does and he gets back into his rhythm, he’ll be straight back in.
“So, fingers crossed he keeps going the way he has been because I think he’s progressing well with his rehab. Hopefully that will continue because Ox has got a big part to play whenever he is back.”
When Chamberlain does return from injury, he will have some very stiff competition in the centre of Liverpool’s midfield three.
James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum have been Liverpool’s main midfield trio this season.
All three have had superb starts to the season, especially James Milner who has put in several MOTM displays.
Chamberlain will also have to fight for a place against two of Liverpool’s big summer signings.
Naby Keita and Fabinho both arrived at Anfield this summer and add yet more competition for the England international when he eventually returns.
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