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Liverpool’s huge gesture to allow Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to make up for lost time

Liverpool will reportedly give Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a 12-month extension on his current contract, to make up for lost time after his year spent out injured.

Oxlade-Chamberlain made his return to the first-team fold on Friday night with a 17-minute cameo against Huddersfield, describing the rapturous applause he received as “something I’ll remember for life.”

It was a brief but impressive outing from the 25-year-old after almost a year out, having worked his way back to full fitness with a series of appearances for the under-23s.

And it served as just reward for his commitment and resolve during his lengthy rehabilitation, having suffered a serious knee injury this time last year.

According to the Mirror, Liverpool are set to extend his deal by a further year to ensure his initial five-year agreement is played out on the pitch.

While the report is yet to be corroborated elsewhere, or by local journalists, John Cross claims Oxlade-Chamberlain will therefore be tied down until 2023, just before his 30th birthday.

It is described as a “classy gesture,” and it certainly is that, but the hope is that it is backed up by the knowledge that he is unlikely to suffer any setbacks.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Friday, April 26, 2019: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes on after a year out injured during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Huddersfield Town AFC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Naturally, it is impossible to predict whether that will be the case in the future, but the example of Liverpool pulling out of a deal for Nabil Fekir due to long-term concerns over his knee sets a precedent.

Cross adds that Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to be part of the Reds squad to fly to Barcelona for Wednesday night’s Champions League semi-final first leg.

He will not be expected to start at the Nou Camp, but he provides a much-needed boost from the bench, particularly given Adam Lallana‘s recurring problems and an apparent lack of trust in Xherdan Shaqiri.

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