Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has backed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to become a better player once he has returned from his injury lay-off.
England international Oxlade-Chamberlain missed the end of last season and was ruled out of the World Cup after sustaining knee ligament damage in Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final first-leg win over Roma.
The 24-year-old is likely to miss the start of Liverpool’s 2018/19 campaign but Henderson is desperate to see his team-mate back in action after a successful debut season at Anfield.
“That was disappointing for us as a team because Ox has been brilliant all season,” said Henderson, on Liverpool’s 2017-18 end-of-season DVD.
“He came in and I think he put in some brilliant performances and you can see how the fans have taken to him straight away. [He’s] brilliant to have around in the dressing room, he’s a big character and he’ll be missed over the time that he’s out, definitely.
“But I know that he’ll be back as soon as he can and as strong as he can, because that’s the type of person he is. He’s always positive, even now when he’s injured he comes in with a smile on his face and he’s always joking around and laughing.
“It’s amazing to see, really, because of where he is at the minute and he’s got a pretty long journey ahead of him to recover, but I’m sure he’ll attack that.
“He’s got brilliant people around him and helping him, and the lads will help him as much as they can throughout that journey. I’ve got no doubt he’ll be back as soon as he can and he’ll be even better when he’s back.”