Jürgen Klopp has revealed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s horrible knee injury suffered last season against Roma in the Champions League has ruled him out of action for the entirety of the 2018/19 season.
The summer transfer window has been fantastic for Liverpool, with the likes of Fabinho and Naby Keïta signing for the club and Alisson joining imminently.
With so much positivity surrounding the Anfield outfit at the moment, Klopp’s update on Chamberlain’s knee injury has come as a massive blow.
While he wasn’t expected to feature until February, the fact that Liverpool’s medical staff aren’t expecting to see him play in any competitive football until pre-season for the 2019/20 season is awful.
Klopp told the official Liverpool website: “It feels like now is an appropriate time to tell people that for Ox this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab.
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“We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury and after the successful surgery, we were sure of it. I hope everyone treats this information responsibly. 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.
“It is typical of Ox that 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.”
Apparently, Chamberlain requested that the truth about the length of his injury was not shared so that the excitement surrounding Liverpool’s Champions League campaign was not diminished.
I am truly gutted for Chambo and I hope that he can return earlier than expected and that he can cope with the mental strain that not being able to play football will take on him.