Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out for the majority of next season in what’s a big blow for Reds ahead of the new season.
The England international suffered a serious knee injury during the Reds’ Champions League first leg clash with Italian Serie A giants AS Roma on April 24.
He injured his knee ligaments while trying to tackle Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov during the game at Anfield.
The injury forced him to meet the end of last season and the just concluded FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
Further information were revealed on the injury by club manager on Wednesday and according to him, the former Southampton and Arsenal star will miss the majority of the 2018/19 season because of the knee problem.
Klopp while giving further injury update on the 24-year-old revealed that the season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab for Chamberlain.
In his words, the former Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund said: “It feels like now is an appropriate time to tell people that for Ox, this season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab.”
“We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury.” He added.
Speaking further with the club’s website about Chamberlain, who joined Liverpool from Arsenal in a £35m deal, he said:.”There has been no change, no setback – it’s exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for.”
“The new information is that we’re now giving more detail publicly. Typical of Ox, he didn’t want the news to overshadow the end of the season and, to be quite honest, we thought we could wait and tell people at an appropriate time.
“His surgery – which he had on the day of our second leg in Roma – has been completely successful and his recovery has started superbly well.
“But the truth of the matter is that we are preparing this season knowing he will not be with us on the pitch for competitive matches for the majority of it. If we do see him back this season it will be a bonus.” Klopp concluded.