Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he has hated being out injured but says he is part of an amazing group of players. The 25-year-old received a rapturous ovation from the Liverpool faithful on Friday night as he finally made his comeback after a year out injured with a cruciate knee injury sustained in the Champions League semi-final against Roma last season.
He nearly scored in the 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield Town on Friday after coming on as a late replacement for Daniel Sturridge, but he scuffed his effort in the box. Oxlade-Chamberlain will hope to have some involvement in the rest of their season, both in the Premier League and Champion League, as Liverpool try and win their first domestic title for 29 years.
Speaking about his season, the winger-turned-midfielder admits it has not been nice to miss out on playing with his team-mates but says he is delighted Liverpool are doing so well. He told the Sunday Times: “It’s not nice to miss out but it hasn’t been ‘bittersweet’, more ‘sweet’, really, seeing how well the team has done. “I’m lucky to play with these boys.
“The biggest thing for me this whole year, and I’ve said it to friends, is that when you’re removed from it you realise how big the pressure is on the boys – pressure to produce really good results, every week, in all types of competitions, in different countries.”