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24th Apr 2018

Jurgen Klopp’s update on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did not sound good

His World Cup hopes are in jeopardy

Darragh Murphy

You know it’s not promising when a manager doesn’t rattle off the typical response about waiting for the scan before providing an update.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s season could well be over after the Liverpool midfielder was stretchered out of the Reds’ Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday night.

Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up an apparent knee injury in a challenge with Roma’s Aleksandar Kolarov after just 18 minutes and was replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum.

After impressing since his summer move from Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain was expected to play an important role for Gareth Southgate’s England squad at this summer’s World Cup although the injury could well put paid to the 24-year-old’s chances of making it to Russia.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp certainly didn’t sound too optimistic about Oxlade-Chamberlain when asked for an update after the final whistle.

“Oxlade, it’s probably a really bad injury,” Klopp told BT Sport.

“If we can say that already before the scan, that’s never good news so that means for us it’s a massive blow, of course.

“We have still a few very important games to go and the squad doesn’t get bigger in the moment, so we obviously need to be creative in the next few games.”