Klopp confirms Oxlade-Chamberlain ligament damage
Speaking to the press ahead of the trip to the King Power Stadium on Thursday, Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered ankle ligament damage in Liverpool’s Club World Cup final triumph. The former Arsenal man was forced off due to the problem in the second half of the clash and was later photographed with crutches.
The extent of the damage was unknown at first, but now Klopp says that one of the three ligaments on the outside of the ankle is damaged. The boss said that it’s an injury he himself had during his playing days and that it’s very difficult to put a time-frame on his absence. One thing is clear, however; Ox will not play again this year, which means he’ll miss the Premier League clashes with Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers three days later for sure.
“The ankle [is] what we probably expected; you have three ligaments on the outside of the ankle, one of them is damaged.
“Now we have to see how quickly we can fix that. I don’t know exactly. I had that injury myself, but it was years ago and it can take a while or can be quick, we have to see.
“No chance for Thursday and no chance for this year; Oxlade will not play anymore [in 2019] that’s clear.
“Then we have to see how quickly it can settle,” Klopp said.
The same goes for centre-backs Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip, as well as midfielder Fabinho, who are otherwise in a good way in terms of recovery. There are, however, no fresh injury concerns.
It means that Joe Gomez is set to partner Virgil van Dijk at the back again against the Foxes and the Wolves, while in midfield Klopp still has plenty of options with the likes of Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Adam Lallana, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri all available.