Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain insists he is in ‘good spirits’ as he continues his rehabilitation from his long-term knee injury.
The Liverpool star has been sidelined since being forced off in April’s Champions League semi-final first-leg against Roma after a strong challenge involving Aleksandar Kolarov.
His progress hit a cruel stumbling block over the summer as it was confirmed he was likely to miss much of the 2017/2018 campaign.
A lengthy spell out of action perhaps couldn’t have arrived at a worst time, with the Englishman having arguably been in the form of his life following his summer 2017 move to Anfield.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “It is a very serious injury. It can happen to any of us at any time and that’s obviously something that’s never easy to deal with and get over.
“I’m trying to stay positive, that’s the sort of character I am. I feel that’s the best way to move things forward. I’m in good spirits and I’m progressing for sure.”
The former Arsenal man had been flourishing in his preferred central-midfield role under Klopp prior to his setback towards the end of last season.
A dormant self-belief and will to express himself on the ball had been restored, whilst goals and assists were also beginning to become a feature to his game.
His all-action presence fulfilled expectations as a perfect fit to Liverpool’s system and has since been tipped as a formidable compliment to the style of Naby Keita.
Regardless of the Reds’ bolstered strength in depth this season, Oxlade-Chamberlain will still be missed dearly as a counterattacking burst between the opposition’s midfield and defensive lines.
We wish him a speedy recovery.