Cape Town - Fit-again Liverpool midfielder Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain says it would "be amazing" to play some part in
the Champions League showdown with Tottenham Hotspurs, having missed last year's final
The 25-year-old sustained a serious knee injury in the
semi-final first leg against Roma, a problem which ruled him out of the 3-1
defeat to Real Madrid a month later and sidelined him for 12 months in total.
Having made his comeback in two substitute appearances
amounting to just 20 minutes, the 25-year-old is hoping he gets to make up for
missing out last year.
He will, at least, be guaranteed a place on the bench for
the clash against Tottenham on June 1 in the Wanda Metropolitano as a change in
regulations means clubs can name 12 substitutes for UEFA's showpiece finals.
"I wasn't able to get loads of minutes (on his return)
but I was happy to just come back," he told the club's official website.
"Dreams are made of maybe having some part to play in
Madrid, but it's not about me - it's about making sure whoever is on the pitch
does the job for the club and for the team.
"If I can be involved, that would be amazing, but just
to be around it and be fit and healthy again is good for me as well at the
"At times it's been a little bit frustrating as well
because you feel you are back and to then keep up with these boys after the
long season they've had and the intensity they train at, coming back from a
year (out) it's not so easy and you pick up little things along the way.
"It's been another little journey for me the last part,
but it's been really exciting to be in and around the team and in contention to
maybe have some part in the final, but just to be involved is amazing for me.
"After 'crutching' my way around the pitch last year,
it's nice to be in this situation!"