Liverpool may be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the 2018/19 season, as stated on the Red’s social media page. It states that Jurgen Klopp has announced the season long absence of the midfielder
Jürgen Klopp has revealed the expected length of @Alex_OxChambo's injury lay-off and detailed the agreed approach taken to his rehabilitation by the club, player and manager: https://t.co/f3xuydnqir pic.twitter.com/jhki1xRVeP
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 18, 2018
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been out since he injured his knee against AS Roma in last season’s UEFA Champions League semi-final.
The former Arsenal ace had surgery, but he was informed he might miss this season not long after suffering the injury, a detail Oxlade-Chamberlain kept “under wraps, even from his team-mates, as he did not want to dampen the mood as the Reds went for Champions League glory,” Daily Mirror reports…
While there’s been no setback from his initial injury and resulting surgery, Oxlade-Chamberlain will still be bitterly disappointed to see his development stalled once again. The 24-year-old often struggled to stay off the treatment table while a member of the Gunners.
Knee ligament issues were also the root cause of his problems at Arsenal, costing him six months of the 2013/14 campaign. In 2015, Oxlade-Chamberlain said it had taken him two years to get over the injury and the resulting problems it caused, per Jack de Menezes of The Independent.
The irony is Oxlade-Chamberlain left Arsenal to join Liverpool last summer to reignite his stalling career. It looked like a smart move, even though he only started 14 games in the Premier League.
However, the England international did show promise in the UEFA Champions League, scoring twice, including a cracker to help beat Manchester City in the quarter-final. Klopp was giving Oxlade-Chamberlain more playing time in his preferred position of central midfield.