Wednesday 18 July 2018

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain facing lengthy spell on sidelines as Jurgen Klopp issues downbeat injury update

Liverpool's English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is stretchered off during the UEFA Champions League first leg semi-final football match between Liverpool and Roma at Anfield AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is stretchered off during the UEFA Champions League first leg semi-final football match between Liverpool and Roma at Anfield AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks set to be sidelined until next season after injuring his knee during Liverpool's 5-2 Champions League semi-final win over Roma at Anfield last night.

The midfielder, who has been a key man for the Reds during their run to the European Cup final four, will likely miss not only the Champions League finale, but also the upcoming World Cup.

Liverpool confirmed the knee injury after the game, and speaking to BT Sport after the big win, Jurgen Klopp was in a downbeat move.

"Oxlade, it’s probably a really bad injury," he said.

"If we can say that already before the scan, that’s never good news so that means for us it’s a massive blow, of course.

"We have still a few very important games to go and the squad doesn’t get bigger in the moment, so we obviously need to be creative in the next few games."

Klopp was also asked about his side conceding two late goals, but the injury to one of his top players occupied his thoughts more.

"The biggest blow for the mood is the injury of Chamberlain because we lost a fantastic player," he said.

"I am a very positive person and hope it only feels bad but all the medical department are quite concerned without a scan.

"Conceding two goals is not what we want 100 per cent but we can deal with that.

"We have to do a job in Rome. That is no problem. We expected that before."

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