Jordan Henderson believes Liverpool are missing a ‘massive’ player in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this season.
The midfielder remains sidelined with the serious knee injury he sustained during the Reds’ Champions League semi-final first-leg against Roma earlier this year.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected the miss much of the 2018/2019 campaign as he continues his cautious rehabilitation at Melwood.
Henderson has tipped the former Arsenal man to reclaim his place in Jurgen Klopp’s starting lineup upon his eventual return.
He said: I know he will come back stronger,” per the Echo.
“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.”
“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.”
The 25-year-old recently made a small but encouraging step in his recovery as he was able to pass the ball for the first time since suffering his injury.
Liverpool have undoubtedly missed his services so far this season in regards to the bursting runs between the lines that saw the Englishman flourish in Klopp’s system prior to his setback.
This has been somewhat amplified by the absence of an orthodox no.10, with the Reds struggling to supply the dynamic transition from defence to attack.
What has been refreshing to see is Oxlade-Chamberlain’s positivity and resilience in arguably the toughest spell of his career.
Prepare for the ‘like a new signing’ clichés on social media once he does return, because that’s exactly what it will be like.