Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has spoken of the moment he realised Liverpool fans were ‘really special’.
Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool from Arsenal for £35m in summer 2017 – and it was just during that first season he realised the depth of passion of the club’s fans.
Liverpool were winning 3-0 away to Sevilla in the penultimate game of the Champions League group stage – but the Spanish side wiped out their lead to secure a point and threaten Liverpool’s place in the knockout rounds.
Jurgen Klopp’s side would go on to make the final, of course – although Oxlade-Chamberlain missed the defeat to Real Madrid due to a serious knee injury suffered against Roma in the semi-finals which kept him out for almost a year.
But the 26-year-old still looks back at that Sevilla game as a time when the Liverpool fans showed huge support for their heroes in the face of adversity.
“The first time I really noticed that was when we played Sevilla away in the Champions League in my first season,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Liverpool’s official website .
“Obviously we were 3-0 up and we drew 3-3. We should never have let that happen and for fans to have taken days off work the next day and spend money to come out there, for them to still applaud us as we walked over, I couldn’t believe it.
“That was when I realised: ‘These guys are special, this set of supporters are really special.’ They give us everything and, at the minute, the team are giving them everything.”
He added: “It’s a hard place not to embrace. It’s such a full-on culture, so much passion from everyone that is associated with the club – it’s really endearing.
“The thing I respect so much about them is, yes, the fans want results and they deserve results and that’s what this club is about, but at the same time, if you give them everything you can, they respect that.
“As a footballer, I think the least you can do is respect the fans, the club and who you play for and give them everything you can. When you get the support back that you do, you can’t really have any complaints.”
On his injury, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “I feel like I missed out on a year, which I obviously did, so it’s really exciting for me to be able to sign.
“It’s something that I feel is an opportunity to give that year back and make up for lost time – and hopefully put in some good performances to make amends for not being around last year.”