Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been added to Liverpool’s Champions League squad for the knockout rounds, as reported by the Daily Telegraph.
The Reds – who of course made the final last season – resume this season’s European adventure against Bayern Munich later this month and have added the English midfielder to their squad list.
Chamberlain has been out of action since the semi-finals of last season’s competition, when he limped off against Roma, and April is apparently the optimistic timescale for his return.
That means it appears to be more of a backup option to add him to their European squad, just in case he is back fit and they reach the semi-finals once more.
Chamberlain was initially ruled out for the entire season (Telegraph) and while his return to the squad sheet may raise excitement, Liverpool fans would be wise to view it as a bonus if he is able to feature at all this season.
Despite Liverpool’s struggles to quite find that right balance in midfield, Chamberlain shouldn’t be rushed back too soon; risking further complications for the sake of some late-season action is not a chance worth taking.
The player himself may have one eye on this summer’s Nations League semi-final against Holland after missing the 2018 World Cup, but his priority should be making sure he is in top condition to kick off next season.