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Old 15-03-19, 05:01 PM   #921
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He will definitely feature this season.

Imagine telling him he has to miss out. And that the next time he will play is August, another 5 months away meaning he would have missed 18 months.

He will be itching to be part of it, and can only be held back for so long.
Is he being held back? He only returned to light training a few weeks ago!
He ruptured cruciate and medial ligaments, plus the tendons to his hamstring.
It's a massive injury.

I can't wait to see hm back, but only when he's truly ready. His rehab shouldn't be rushed for anything.
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Old 15-03-19, 05:28 PM   #922
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A few 10-15 minute sub appearances could be the difference between winning a League and Champions League double, and winning nothing. Of course he'll play!
He'll be miles off, FFS. He's had what 40mins of a U23 game where he came off feeling his hamstring. Klopp will be referring to that. Not 100% wrt the first team.

Having him in first team training though is a boost for him and the team probably.

I'd love to see him get a five minute cameo before the end of the season, somehow.
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Old 15-03-19, 05:59 PM   #923
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He'll get a few mins here and there, not quite sure whether he'll feature a great deal. have to be careful even if he is bursting to play. Has a whole career ahead of him. Great boost for him and us though, delighted for him.
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Old 15-03-19, 06:43 PM   #924
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None of us know really eh ?
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Old 15-03-19, 07:15 PM   #925
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I think if he will be involved because he was given one of the vital CL places

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Old 15-03-19, 07:51 PM   #926
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we have a big squad; no way will he be on the bench anytime soon at the expense of Lallana, shaq, studge, Derek & 1 of Hendo, millie, wij, fab.
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Old 15-03-19, 08:01 PM   #927
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He will play a role at the end of the season, I am convinced. He will be getting fitter every day and no reason not to use him if he is ready.
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Old 16-03-19, 02:04 AM   #928
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CL final is 2.5 months away. He'll be match fit
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Old 16-03-19, 10:00 AM   #929
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None of us know really eh ?
Of course
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Old 16-03-19, 11:39 AM   #930
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Look, its very simple. either we're unleashing him or we're not.
Make your bloody minds up.
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Old 16-03-19, 02:29 PM   #931
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Old 16-03-19, 02:59 PM   #932
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Go for it mate. Hey, how's the Christmas tree going?
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Old 17-03-19, 11:47 AM   #933
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I think we should be guarded regarding Ox's return. The injury he sustained was horrific. A career ender a generation or two ago. It's great that he's nearing full fitness but what sort of player he'll be upon his return remains to be seen.
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Old 17-03-19, 01:39 PM   #934
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I think we should be guarded regarding Ox's return. The injury he sustained was horrific. A career ender a generation or two ago. It's great that he's nearing full fitness but what sort of player he'll be upon his return remains to be seen.

- v optimistic to expect him to make a ‘contribution’ this season, from a knee perspective it’s as bad an injury as you get.
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Old 17-03-19, 02:01 PM   #935
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Anyone who saw him jogging around for 40 mins in the u23 match will have seen he is far aaay from a first team return - especially when we have 10-13 cup finals left.
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Old 17-03-19, 05:30 PM   #936
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Go for it mate. Hey, how's the Christmas tree going?
Paddy's Day and it's still up! We've hit an all time new low. Bank Holiday tomorrow so I might take it down.
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Old 17-03-19, 05:41 PM   #937
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Paddy's Day and it's still up! We've hit an all time new low. Bank Holiday tomorrow so I might take it down.
Its a bank holiday - you should take it easy. Still plenty of time to take it down.
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Old 17-03-19, 10:36 PM   #938
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- v optimistic to expect him to make a ‘contribution’ this season, from a knee perspective it’s as bad an injury as you get.


I don't even mean this season. I mean his career going forward. If he can return to his pre-injury level then i'll be made up for the lad and it'll be a massive boost to the club.

As i said before i think people are seriously underestimating just how serious this injury was.
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Old 18-03-19, 09:33 AM   #939
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I predict a Lucas/Henderson type scenario with Ox. His reputation has grown massively since he's been out and all the fans love him. When he comes back, he naturally won't be at the level he was before. After a while there will be a few moans from the usual suspects. Then the revisionism kicks in, "Was he ever that good?", "He only ever played a handful of decent games for us", "I always said he's shit". Counter arguments will ensue and this will continue until he eventually leaves.
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Old 18-03-19, 09:36 AM   #940
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I predict a Lucas/Henderson type scenario with Ox. His reputation has grown massively since he's been out and all the fans love him. When he comes back, he naturally won't be at the level he was before. After a while there will be a few moans from the usual suspects. Then the revisionism kicks in, "Was he ever that good?", "He only ever played a handful of decent games for us", "I always said he's shit". Counter arguments will ensue and this will continue until he eventually leaves.
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Old 18-03-19, 09:53 AM   #941
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Old 18-03-19, 09:28 PM   #942
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Old 19-03-19, 01:19 AM   #943
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Old 19-03-19, 11:12 AM   #944
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I predict a Lucas/Henderson type scenario with Ox. His reputation has grown massively since he's been out and all the fans love him. When he comes back, he naturally won't be at the level he was before. After a while there will be a few moans from the usual suspects. Then the revisionism kicks in, "Was he ever that good?", "He only ever played a handful of decent games for us", "I always said he's shit". Counter arguments will ensue and this will continue until he eventually leaves.
…..And thus the universe is balanced....
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Old 20-03-19, 10:52 AM   #945
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Nah. Can't see that myself.

It will be very interesting to see what happens with Keita. If he kicks on next season and is more effective in english football - then is there space for Keita and Ox in the same team.

A midfield of Fabinho sitting, with Keita and Oxlade as box-to-box midfielders would, on paper, be fuckin amazing.
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Old 20-03-19, 08:14 PM   #946
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Ox's Dad was on the old footballers program last night, Alex made an appearance
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Old 14-04-19, 01:26 PM   #947
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Old 28-04-19, 11:14 AM   #949
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During the game the commentary, I think it was Peter Drury, was cheering on Ox to score when he came on after having come back from some a harsh injury. Was great to hear.
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Anyone subscribe to the Times who can post the article on here?
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When you are out for a year you go through stages, says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain — and they sound like the stages of grief. First, you can’t compute it, then everything hits you. Then acceptance. And finally you start over — which, to raucous joy at Anfield on Friday night, he did when he bounded on as a substitute in Liverpool’s 5-0 romp against Huddersfield.

What he gained on the sidelines was perspective. “When you’re 18 you think football will last for ever and suddenly you’re 25. And in the Premier League you’re lucky to make it past 32, 33,” he says. Oxlade-Chamberlain always had an inkling of what he wanted to do, post-playing, and while recuperating from a serious knee injury he crystallised those thoughts. Inpired by American sports stars such as LeBron James, and also by his former Arsenal teammate Mathieu Flamini, he sees his future in business.

James is on the path to becoming a billionaire thanks to shrewd tech and leisure investments (including 2% in Liverpool now worth six times the stake’s original $6.5m value), while some estimate Flamini’s wealth in the tens of billions thanks to the biochemicals company he co-founded. Now Oxlade-Chamberlain has sunk a seven-figure sum into a sports tech company.

STATSports provides the GPS vests and other performance technology used by Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, England and numerous leading club and national teams, and is big in rugby, NFL and NBA. Oxlade-Chamberlain is hands-on with a marketing plan to roll out its products to the mass market, noting how ordinary footballers — youngsters especially — are increasingly curious about their own performance data.

Business Studies was perhaps his favourite of 10 subjects in which he gained good GCSEs at private St John’s College, Southsea. He loved the coursework and remembers fondly a case study on Tesco. “I’ve been really interested in business for a long time,” he says. “In America it’s more accepted sports stars get involved in business and the one that shouts to me is LeBron. He’s interested in businesses that interest me and does a lot of stuff where he takes control and uses his position to tap into things people don’t think sportsmen can.”

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Oxlade-Chamberlain almost scored seconds into Friday’s 17-minute cameo and would love to make a telling intervention before the season ends. But, he says, “The most important thing is I’d love Liverpool to achieve something really special. That comes before me. I’ve been out long enough not to worry too much about [personal objectives].”

“Ox” hurt himself in last April’s Champions League semi-final against Roma, sprinting back to slide-tackle Aleksandar Kolarov. That epitomised the dervish of productive activity he became after embracing Klopp-ball. Before injury, he led Liverpool’s pressing stats and was involved in 10 goals in 20 games.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is already planning for his future after football with STATSports data techology company
Oxlade-Chamberlain is already planning for his future after football with STATSports data techology company
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He left Arsenal because of a hunger to play for Jurgen Klopp, and it looked like he had at last become the player he should be. Yet, highly driven beneath the easy smile, he rejects the notion. “I don’t think I’d become that player. I just think I was moving in the right direction. I was becoming more consistent but it was a short spell [of performance] and to be that [top] player you need a long period.” Is he capable of better? “Of course. If I didn’t feel that, there wouldn’t be much point in coming back. I’ve got to believe that’s where I can go to. And I’m going to need to do that to get back into this team.”

Perspective includes fresh understanding of what makes Klopp’s Liverpool special. “The biggest thing for me this whole year, and I’ve said it to friends, is that when you’re removed from it you realise how big the pressure is on the boys — pressure to produce really good results, every week, in all types of competitions, in different countries.

“I’d be working hard at the club feeling I’d had a long day, then see the boys in the canteen, just back from a Champions League game in Italy or wherever, with their bags on their backs and they’re off to Bournemouth away. When you’re in it, you’re just in it. Removed, you realise how relentless it is. You get to hear the noise and everyone wants wins and wins and wins. And from the manager I’ve seen, however well the boys have done at the weekend, he’s the same exactly on the Sunday and Monday. He keeps demanding from the players. He keeps them there. You can see how he’s living it himself, the demands he puts on himself and how that oozes out [to everyone].”

Oxlade-Chamberlain talks about the mix. “A great captain in Hendo [Jordan Henderson], a leader and role model every single day — win, lose or draw. People like James Milner, who has won leagues but at an age where some footballers might want to wind down, is hungry.

“Then what you’d call the superstars up front but also players like Andy Robertson, who worked his way up to become one of the best in the world. Everyone understands what it means to play for Liverpool, what the fans demand — which is just giving your all for the club. I’m lucky to play with these boys. It’s not nice to miss out but it hasn’t been ‘bittersweet’, more sweet, really, seeing how well the team has done.”

He is convinced Liverpool can get past Barcelona in the Champions League. “That’s not being arrogant, I really believe it’s down to us. We can beat absolutely anyone. We’ll have to cope with their qualities and obvious strengths but we have plenty of them ourselves.”

Raheem Sterling, his close friend despite the Liverpool-Manchester City rivalry, has also invested in STATSports. Is he proud of Sterling? “Massively. For years he has taken a lot of accusations and digs in the media and the whole time he just keeps his head down, never talks too much, just keeps doing what he does. Now he is finally getting the recognition he always deserved — as a top, top footballer and also as a very decent human being. I think what he’s doing at the moment is completely inspirational — his off-field antics [fighting racism]. And what he’s doing on the pitch is not helping us out at Liverpool, but for him personally it’s outstanding. As a friend, I’m pleased to see him doing so well.”

Performance data was crucial in helping Oxlade-Chamberlain gauge his rehabilitation - and some of his training numbers are now better than ever. His goal is making STATSports “the WhatsApp of wearables” and he gave his father, ex-England striker Mark Chamberlain, one of their Apex (training vest) units for Christmas.

“I don’t know if you caught him in the Harry’s Heroes [TV programme] but he wasn’t in the best nick,” Alex laughs. “So it’s great for him to use and look at. He didn’t have a clue about accelerations and decelerations. For everyday guys who play football and retired guys it’s new technology.

“Mind you, my dad’s still trying to figure out what Instagram is.”
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Ox been offered a year extension to his contract to make up for his year out. What an amazing thing to do. Must be great for morale to see so much positivity and reward.

Good work HR/PR Department...!
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Some comfidence on his rehab to be out for a season and then take on a crock's number.
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Some comfidence on his rehab to be out for a season and then take on a crock's number.


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