England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his long-awaited Liverpool return from a knee injury against Huddersfield.
Oxlade-Chamberlain had been sidelined for a little more than a year with a serious knee injury but was introduced after 72 minutes to a rapturous reception at Anfield on Friday night.
Here Press Association Sport assesses his brief contribution on a blustery night at Anfield.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, out for exactly one year and two days, was named in Liverpool’s matchday squad for the first time since sustaining serious knee ligament damage. With the Reds already 4-0 ahead against the relegated Terriers, there was little expectation on the 25-year-old’s shoulders. He came on for striker Daniel Sturridge but settled in alongside Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson in midfield.
Given a hero’s welcome when he stepped on to the field, Oxlade-Chamberlain almost guaranteed himself a fairytale comeback, collecting the ball from Mohamed Salah and turning deftly on to his left foot. However, Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl had come bearing down and saved Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot with his feet, much to the displeasure of those in attendance.
That proved to be Oxlade-Chamberlain’s only significant contribution in his 18-minute cameo although he showed plenty of endeavour, linking up well with Salah in particular, and initially hared around the field.
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