Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool got a comfortable 5-2 victory against AS Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal. But, there has been a concern for the team ahead of the showdown of a fantastic season.
During the Liverpool vs Roma fixture on Tuesday, home midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got an injury and eventually had to be substituted. It actually required a few minutes of on-field treatment before the midfielder was stretchered off. This injury happened after a collision with Roma left-back Aleksander Kolarov and as it seems, it has been a grave setback for the former Arsenal man.
While talking to the press, Klopp addressed this issue and said that it’s still unsure when Oxlade-Chamberlain will be able to back in Liverpool colours.
“We don’t know it exactly, but all the medical department is quite concerned without a scan,” he said. “Then you can imagine that it’s difficult. The season is not that long anymore. It doesn’t look good. I’m a very positive person and I hope that it only feels bad but is not that bad. We will see.”
After the injury, Georginio Wijnaldum came on to the pitch and was very good in that role. The Liverpool manager did not fail to compliment him while talking about the devastating effect Ox’s injury will bring forth for the Reds.
“The biggest problem that we have today 100 percent is that we lost Oxlade-Chamberlain, who played brilliant as long he was in. Thank God Gini [Wijnaldum] played as well, fantastic. But that’s a serious injury and with our squad situation at the moment it’s of course not really cool,” the gaffer said.
This season has always posed problems in form of injuries to main players for Liverpool. The list includes Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Joel Matip and Nathaniel Clyne, among others.
Klopp has been naturally upset with the multiple woes his team had to suffer in this campaign. Moreover, it is likely that the Reds will play in the Champions League final one month later, and hence, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s absence may cost them dearly against Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.
Klopp talked about it after the Roma game, “We all know, the best thing, if you go direct to final, semifinals and have important games in [the domestic] league you need a full squad. We have pretty much the opposite of a full squad at the moment.”
However, as always, the Liverpool manager sounded positive, “But I said it a few times, obviously the Liverpool way is always a little bit harder. So we have to find solutions, we need to be creative, and that’s what we try to be.”