Liverpool FC have confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s season is over.
The midfielder was substituted after 18 minutes of the first leg of the Champions League same-final against AS Roma, after challenging former Manchester City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov for the ball. It was immediately obvious that he was in great pain and he left the pitch on stretchers, wearing an extremely unpleasant face expression, and the knee ligament injury suffered by the ex Arsenal man has now been confirmed.
It is a great blow to manager Jurgen Klopp as Oxlade-Chamberlain has become an important part of his midfield, and it’s even more heavy given the injuries of Emre Can and Adam Lallana.
Words from the man himself:
— Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) April 25, 2018
The manager will have to work out some kind of system for managing Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner, as the only senior midfield options available.
Paul Joyce of the Times says Oxlade-Chamberlain did not suffer cruciate ligament injury and should be available for the pre-season.