Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to miss the majority of the 2018-19 season as his rehabilitation from a knee injury continues.
The news was revealed by Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, who said that the club have known all along just how serious the injury, suffered in the Champions League against Roma in April, was.
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.
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.
Oxlade-Chamberlain enjoyed a renaissance under Klopp last season, after making the move from Arsenal.
The 24-year-old became a key element in the Reds’ midfield, with his energy and forward-thinking helping his side enjoy their best campaign in some years.
However, Oxlade-Chamberlain would ultimately miss out on both the Champions League final and the World Cup, due to that knee ligament injury, which is not set to keep the midfielder out of action for some time to come.
While the news will come as a shock to Liverpool fans, the fact that Oxlade-Chamberlain himself has been aware of the situation for sometimes means he will hopefully be staying positive.
Indeed, he posted a photo on Instagram at the end of June showing him back in training…
It’s all very sad for a player who looked to finally be making the most of his plentiful talents with Liverpool.
However, with the likes of Naby Keita and Fabinho moving to Anfield this summer, the club should be able to make up for his unfortunate absence.
Good luck Ox!