Liverpool legend Phil Thompson reckons Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will prove to be a “massive asset” if he recovers in time from a serious injury before the end of the season
The 25-year-old midfielder has been working hard on his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury in his right knee, which he sustained in a Champions League semi-final clash against AS Roma last April.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s relentless efforts to return to action saw Reds boss Jurgen Klopp announce that the England international could very well feature for them this season.
Now Thompson is the latest to praise the former Arsenal man’s rapid progress over the last few months and predicts that Oxlade-Chamberlain could make a very welcome impact on the Liverpool squad as they chase a first league title since 1990.
“It would be an absolutely brilliant addition and it would be like having a new player,” Thompson told Sky Sports.
“It’s so difficult. As players, you go through these turmoils, and it is a turmoil to you when you have to sit out.
“It will give the players a buzz to see him coming back and he will be a massive asset if he can get back for the run-in.
“We’ve got a very good midfield who don’t get as many goals as they should do, but that’s where Oxlade-Chamberlain comes in.
“He had it at Arsenal, it took a little bit of time to get to know the Jurgen Klopp way, the Liverpool way, but when he did, my goodness.
“He can dominate that drive from midfield, that powerful shot and the assists that he can bring. These are all assets that will help that midfield three that we’ve seen in the bigger games.”
Since joining from Arsenal in 2017, Oxlade-Chamberlain has managed five goals and eight assists in 42 appearances for Liverpool.
Klopp’s side will next take on Leicester City at Anfield on January 30 in the Premier League.