Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury is set to keep him out of the whole 2018/19 season.
The England midfielder picked up the injury in a tackle during the first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final against Roma in April.
The full extent of the cruciate ligament injury was not disclosed, as Oxlade didn’t want to disrupt his teammates before their Champions League final against Real Madrid.
The 24 year-old underwent successful surgery eight days later and then started the process of a long rehabilitation programme before he is able to return to action, which is a huge blow for one of Liverpool’s star performers.
Klopp told Liverpool’s official website:: “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.
“We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury, and after the successful surgery we were sure of it. I hope everyone treats this information responsibly.
“There has been no change, no setback – it’s exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for. The new information is that we’re now giving more detail publicly.
“It is typical of Ox that 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 Rome – 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.”