Liverpool and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has opened up about the anguish of missing out on both the Champions League final with his club and representing his Country at this summer World Cup in Russia.
The 24-year-old had been in the form of his life after swapping Arsenal for Anfield last summer in a £35 million deal, only to see his campaign cruelly ended when he sustained a knee ligament injury in April during his sides Champions League semi-final first leg against AS Roma.
Speaking to talkSPORT the talented midfielder admitted that it has been tough missing out on playing in such prestigious event, when he said:
“I’ve been watching the World Cup – following it and supporting the boys every inch of the way,” said ‘the Ox’.
“I must admit the first game was tough to watch, the Tunisia game. It’s obviously a moment when you realise what a great opportunity you’re missing. But these things happen in life and I am keeping positive.
“The Champions League final as well, that was obviously devastating to miss. The final whistle in that game, when we obviously didn’t win, sort of all this emotion rushing over me and something I’ve never really experienced before.
“I was in tears on the pitch and I am not a crier at all, but I think I was sort of clinging on to that for the lads and for Liverpool, for the club. I know how much everyone wanted it, and myself as well.
“When you get injured en route to something special, you’d hope it ends out in the right way so it was all kind of worthwhile.
“Seeing the boys putting in the performances leading up to that and even in the final, I was so proud of them all and it’s just a shame we couldn’t get that one over the line.
“But I am positive and moving forward, so I am all good thank you.”