Klopp confirm Chamberlain’s return player set to provide perfect boost for the run-in

Klopp has confirmed that Oxlade-Chamberlain is ahead of schedule in his return from injury following a knee ligament injury that threatened to derail all chances of the England international featuring during the 2018/19 campaign is, in ever way, the perfect gift anyone could’ve asked for going into the New Year.

Chamberlain 25-year, is  in line for a return in late February or early March just in time for the run in.

A performance to forget against Leicester from Chamberlain in the Carabao Cup  last season merely added ammunition to the argument that he wasn’t worth the £40million outlay while a wretched September for the club, marked with just one win in all competitions, compounded a frustrating initiation for the No.21.

But Klopp’s patient approach provided time for Chamberlain to acclimatise to his new surroundings, with a series of substitute performances offering glimpses into his potential. A short twenty-minute cameo at Old Trafford on the wing visibly added an extra dimension to the attack while highlighting his exuberant style.

A first league start against West Ham marked the start of his journey, progressing from an inconsistent utility man who failed to make direct contributions in the final third to a complete midfielder destined to thrive in Klopp’s system.

The 4-3 win over Manchester City; a performance of collective brilliance embodied by Chamberlain’s incessant running and surging forward runs. Drawing first blood, he endeared himself to fans instantly, grabbing his moment with both fists in a showcase of true individual class.

A repeat of the same fixture in the Champions League quarter-final would see Chamberlain raise his level again. Picking up the ball from deep, it took just three touches for him to send a rip-roaring strike hammering into the back of the net from 25 yards.

A season built on twenty-minute blitzes, the 25-year-old acted as conductor to Klopp’s ceaseless, organised chaos. Here he was, thriving in a central-midfield role with the impetus to start the press and adventurism to maraud into the final third, treasuring every moment in the process.

Sustaining a harrowing knee ligament injury in the Champions League semi-final, Chamberlain’s dynamism has been a huge miss for Liverpool this season, making the prospect of his impending return all the more exciting.

Where Klopp’s previous claims about players returning from injury being ‘like a new signing’ have been met with groans, it offers the perfect summation about Chamberlain’s homecoming.

This side has been a reckoning force without him, I  can only imagine what Liverpool can be on his return.


Bueze is a Senior Content Creator at Gutsynaij News. He is a Journalist|| Writer|| Digital Media Strategist || Web Designer #ProudProduct of The Nigerian Institute of Information Extensionst(NIE) ||Die-hard Liverpool fan. Proudly from Imo State, Eastern Nigeria.

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