InterviewAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain reflects on his Reds journey and 'the best fans I've ever seen'
'It has been an absolute honour to have been able to play for them,' was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's message to Liverpool fans after he said goodbye to Anfield on Saturday.
The midfielder, who will leave the club in the summer, was honoured after the Premier League draw against Aston Villa with a special presentation to acknowledge his contributions, along with Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and James Milner.
Oxlade-Chamberlain became a Red in the summer of 2017 and has rode some incredible highs and punishing lows in his six seasons on Merseyside.
A winner of the Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup, the 29-year-old explained to Liverpoolfc.com his pride at delivering for the impassioned people in the stands – read on for our interview...
Anfield bids farewell to Firmino, Keita, Milner and Ox
How are you feeling? It's been an unbelievable adventure. You've had bad luck along the way but some unbelievable success too...
I think journey is the right way to put it. It has been a journey but I've thoroughly enjoyed every single minute of it. Of course there's been some tough times but there's been some absolutely amazing memories and amazing times. It's a bit surreal at the minute and it's not quite sunk in just yet. It's a nice way to finish things, for sure. The fans are amazing as always and, for sure, I'll miss that.
You're stood not too far away from where you scored that incredible goal against Manchester City in the Champions League. Is it all starting to come back, some of the memories?
Of course. They're obviously all things you want to look back at for the rest of your life and I'm proud I managed to achieve some of those moments. Sometimes Liverpool fans remind me what a special night that was and they remember that goal specifically. When you are playing and you are always constantly trying to play the next game, do more, you sometimes lose focus on that or perspective. That was obviously an amazing moment but, like I said, there's been so many. It'll all hit me soon.
You've mentioned the fans, have they been a big part of this in the support they've given you?
They're the best fans I have ever played in [front of], I've ever seen. The support that they show home and away – no matter the situation – has been amazing. I'm lucky enough to have been here at a time when we were really successful and to see them so excited through moments. It's a level of support that I haven't seen before and I'm not sure I'll see again. It has been an absolute honour to have been able to play for them and something I will definitely miss.
We'll miss you as well. Is there a next step, do you know what happens next?
I don't know what happens next. It will be a busy summer chasing after him [his boy] and then seeing what comes next. But yeah, I'm sure I will probably be back here at some point in the difficult away dressing room, against these fans – I've done it before. I'll try to do my best and if I manage to score or anything, I won't be celebrating, I promise you that, because I've got so much respect for everything that I've been through here. But I told Virgil I might actually be able to dribble past him for the first time ever!