It hasn’t been all smooth sailing for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain since he joined Liverpool back in 2017; just as the former Arsenal had found his feet and established himself as an important cog in the Reds’ Champions League final bound pressing machine, he blew out his knee, an injury significant enough that it kept him out of action for a full year.
Jürgen Klopp is clearly fond of the 26-year old, though, and today, it was announced that Ox has signed an extension to his contract, tying him to the club until 2023.
“I’m really, really excited - it’s been in the pipeline for a little while, so it’s nice to finally get it done and just extend my time here, which I am really looking forward to,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told the club’s official website on Thursday.
“I feel like I missed out on a year, which I obviously did, so it’s really exciting for me to be able to sign. It’s something that I feel is an opportunity to give that year back and make up for lost time – and hopefully put in some good performances to make amends for not being around last year.”
“You’ve got to count your blessings every time you get an opportunity like this, you don’t get the chance to play for Liverpool Football Club every day. I am really excited to be able to extend my time here.”
The Southampton youth product has featured in three of the Reds’ four matches thus far this season, starting twice, and while he hasn’t looked quite as impactful as he was towards the end of the 2017/18 season, the big engine and quick feet are still there, promising lots of high-intensity action to come.
“I can promise the supporters that I’ll give them absolutely everything moving forward,” he added. “There might be times where I have bad games and good games and moments where it’s not so good, but I’ll always work through those moments and give my everything to correct them and keep pushing this team forward.
“I hope that I can do some special things like I did before I got injured and, most of all, be a part of this group of players that go on to hopefully win more things.
“I’m really excited to see what the future holds for us all and I look forward to seeing them every game moving forward.”