Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain proved to be one of the biggest surprise packages of last season.
Many an eyebrow was raised when Jurgen Klopp shelled out £40 million to sign the out of favour Englishman from Arsenal but six months into the season he was proving to be a fantastic signing.
Klopp took his time in integrating Oxlade-Chamberlain into the Liverpool but system but then unleashed him to sometimes devastating effect in the Reds midfielder.
The 25-year-old quickly established himself as a firm fan favourite, playing a big role in Liverpool’s remarkable march to the Champions League final in Kiev.
On one of its rowdiest nights of the year, the eery silence that engulfed Anfield as he was stretchered off during their semi-final clash with Roma showed just how valuable he had become.
Following his injury, Oxlade-Chamberlain chose not to reveal the full extent of the damage so as to avoid distracting his teammates in any way from the task at hand.
He fully knew that it was very serious, that his World Cup dream was over and that he would miss the Champions League final - but still chose to put his team first.
Unfortunately, Liverpool would fall agonizingly short of adding a sixth European cup to their collection but it is a season that Oxlade-Chamberlain, for the most part, can look back on fondly.
Now, ‘The Ox’ - as he is affectionately known - is fully focused on recovering before the end of the season and he revealed how big a part his new fans are playing.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is no stranger to injury lay-offs but, speaking in a recent interview, mentioned that the Liverpool fans have made this particular one a lot easier.
“I’ve had injuries in the past where it’s been difficult because pressure from fans has been ‘he’s injured again’ or ’we can’t trust him he’s always injured,” he said in a recent interview with LFC TV.
“But I’ve got injured here and I’ve had nothing but positive feedback from the fans, which for me I can’t thank them enough and that’s what keeps me going every day to try and reward their patience and support.”
A bit of sly dig there at Arsenal and their fans.
You can’t deny that the London club's patience had worn thin with the midfielder as they shipped him off to Merseyside on the final day of the transfer window in the summer of 2017.
Now, he will be desperate to get back onto the pitch to continue proving his former fans and employers wrong.
Liverpool certainly miss him, and you can be sure there is a massive Jurgen Klopp bear-hug waiting for him when he finally makes his return.News Now - Sport News