Liverpool forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s horrific injury extent has been revealed with the Liverpool midfielder set to miss the entire 2018-19 season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered multiple ligament damage when he went for a tackle during the first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final; every major ligament in his right knee was damaged, including the cruciate, medial and lateral collateral ligament.
The England international – who at that part of the season had become an integral member of Jurgen Klopp’s team – also damaged a tendon which leads to the hamstring, resulting in further complications.
The length of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s absence will not affect Liverpool’s transfer business, which on Wednesday included signing the goalkeeper Alisson for a world-record fee of €75m (£66.9m), subject to a medical.
Klopp has been resigned to the Oxlade-Chamberlain’s absence since April and has already added Naby Keïta, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri to his outfield options.
Liverpool decided to disclose the extent of the injury before the Premier League season to avoid continued speculation over Oxlade-Chamberlain’s fitness.
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