Oxlade-Chamberlain hopes for ‘dream’ Euro final outing
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is dreaming of playing a part in Liverpool’s Champions League final after injury denied him 12 months ago.
The 25-year-old sustained a serious knee injury in the semi-final first leg against Roma, a problem which ruled him out of the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid a month later and sidelined him for 12 months in total.
Having made his comeback in two substitute appearances amounting to just 20 minutes, the 25-year-old is hoping he gets to make up for missing out last year.
He will, at least, be guaranteed a place on the bench for the clash against Tottenham on June 1 in the Wanda Metropolitano as a change in regulations means clubs can name 12 substitutes for UEFA’s showpiece finals.
‘I wasn’t able to get loads of minutes (on his return) but I was happy to just come back,’ he told the club’s official website.
‘Dreams are made of maybe having some part to play in Madrid, but it’s not about me – it’s about making sure whoever is on the pitch does the job for the club and for the team.
‘If I can be involved, that would be amazing, but just to be around it and be fit and healthy again is good for me as well at the minute.
‘At times it’s been a little bit frustrating as well because you feel you are back and to then keep up with these boys after the long season they’ve had and the intensity they train at, coming back from a year (out) it’s not so easy and you pick up little things along the way.
‘It’s been another little journey for me the last part, but it’s been really exciting to be in and around the team and in contention to maybe have some part in the final, but just to be involved is amazing for me.
‘After ‘crutching’ my way around the pitch last year, it’s nice to be in this situation!’