One part of the redemption story that was Liverpool’s victorious Champions League run this season — overcoming the devastation of last year’s final loss — was watching Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrate with his teammates during the post-match festivities. The 25-year old’s arc in many ways mirrored that of his club, fighting his way back to the stage he was forced out of a full year earlier, to cathartic success.
It was 367 days between the former Arsenal man falling to a knee injury in the semi-finals against Roma last year and his triumphant return to the side as they swept Huddersfield aside in the antepenultimate league match of this season. Given his active social media presence, the recovery process only further endeared the Ox to the Reds faithful, and many rued that they had missed a full year of the increasingly impressive on-field product provided by the £35m man.
Now, it appears Oxlade-Chamberlain will be given the opportunity to run that year back, as Liverpool reportedly look to extend the 25-year old’s contract for another season, taking it to June of 2023. The news comes from Sky journalist Kaveh Solhekol, and while he’s not the most reliable inside source at Melwood, it is not the first time whispers of an extension have surfaced.
Reasons to rejoice, then, not only for Oxlade-Chamberlain, but for the club and its fan base as well, both of which have enjoyed the fruits of the England man’s performances. Hopefully, this spells the end of the Ox’s injury troubles, and he’ll be able to put together a full campaign with the Reds as they look to go one better and take the Premier League crown next seasone.