The jubilation of signing high-profile Alisson Becker seems to be transient at Merseyside following the devastating update regarding the extent of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury woe suffered against AS Roma in the Champions League semifinal that has now ruled the Englishman out for the entire 2018-19 season.
The 24-year-old former Arsenal prodigy completed a £35m summer switch to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool snubbing Chelsea’s offer and soon became a success with his high work ethics and determination to grab a starting role under Jurgen Klopp. He succeeded to do so and played a key role in Liverpool’s glorious run both at home and abroad. But a wholehearted attempt of clearing the ball from Aleksandar Kolarov in the Champions League semi-final first leg tie against AS Roma turned out to be a nightmare that forced him to leave the pitch in early minutes and shattered the hopes of playing in a prestigious Champions League final as well as featuring for the Three Lions in World Cup football.
Klopp has now issued an official statement via club’s website stating,
“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”
Oxlade-Chamberlain damaged his posterior cruciate ligament and his anterior cruciate ligament, as well as medial ligaments. As a result, he now faces a grueling rehabilitation programme and it will be a herculean task for him to return to his peak anytime soon to say the least.
Despite years of confusion over his playing role at Arsenal, Klopp did wonder by bringing out the best in him and handed him 42 appearances altogether in a more central role allowing him to get more involved in pressing, combative approach and creating chances from behind. The player decided not to share the details of his injury misery last season to avoid any sort of negative impact among his teammates during such a crunch period of their season but it’s time for the midfield star to accept the misfortune and work on his recovery to return to the best possible shape at the earliest.