Klopp plans without Oxlade-Chamberlain for the time being
Liverpool FC and coach Jürgen Klopp may have to make do without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain next season. Klopp described a stake in the upcoming season as a “bonus”. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a serious knee injury at the end of April.
“It’s time to tell people that Ox needs to focus on recovery and rehabilitation next season,” Klopp had bad news for Reds supporters on Wednesday. The coach plans for the coming season without the midfielder. “If he comes back this season, it’ll be a bonus.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain injured early in the spectacular 5-2 first leg against AS Rome in the Champions League semi-final at the end of April and then had to be replaced. This meant the 24-year-old was no longer available to the Reds in last season’s final spurt, including his 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final. The English international also only experienced the World Cup in Russia as a spectator.
Shortly after his injury, Oxlade-Chamberlain had undergone surgery and, according to the club, recovery has been on schedule since then. “I can’t wait for him to play for us again,” says Klopp. “But we will wait for him and have patience.”