LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, April 4, 2018: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates scoring the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“The missing piece” – Liverpool fans react as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain closes in on return

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be back in full training with Liverpool as early as mid-February, and supporters are understandably elated with the latest update.

Multiple ligament damage to his right knee saw Oxlade-Chamberlain initially ruled out until the start of pre-season, with a return to action expected in 2019/20.

But after a positive spell in rehabilitation alongside Rhian Brewster, the 25-year-old has now taken part in outdoor work, and on Tuesday night it was reported that he is close to joining full training.

He is now pencilled in to bolster Jurgen Klopp‘s squad at Melwood in mid-to-late February, with a possible comeback due in March, and perhaps as early as the Champions League second-leg clash with Bayern Munich.

Oxlade-Chamberlain scored five and assisted eight in 42 games in his first season on Merseyside, playing a crucial role in the run to the final in Europe, and became a hugely popular figure among fans in the process.

Naturally, the news of his return being ahead of schedule has been met with widespread positivity.

Here’s how Liverpool supporters reacted to the No. 21’s fitness boost on Facebook and Twitter.


There was, understandably, plenty of excitement…

“Mad to think he’s been at the club so little and had such a great impact. Awesome news”

Lewis Scott on Facebook.

“The missing piece of the jigsaw.”

Beth Atkinson on Facebook.

“Our January signing ! Great news.”

Peter Forde on Facebook.

“That’s really excellent , good job to the medics, fitness coach and to Ox’s strong desire to play for the team!!!”

Paul Robert Smeaton on Facebook.


But some rightly preached the need for patience…

“After 9 months out it’s pretty reasonable to expect him to take a few months to get form and match fitness.

“Not exactly in a position where we can have someone on the pitch who isn’t up to speed now are we?

“I think it more likely that he’ll be used very sparingly for the rest of the season unless we are really caught for bodies in the run in.”

John McKessy on Facebook.

“Buzzing for him. His attitude has been first class since he walked through the door and his desire to get back has won even the most sceptical Red.

“I’m not expecting him to go straight back in the side and hit the form he was showing last season, but having him back could be the little thing that boosts everyone as we head into the business end of the season.”

Wez Clarke on Facebook.


Though others hyped his potential role in the title run-in…