Champions League

Season over for Liverpool's Oxlade-Chamberlain

2018-04-25 07:49
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Getty Images)

Liverpool - Liverpool's giant step towards a first Champions League final for 13 years was marred by a season-ending injury to midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that could also rule the England international out of the upcoming World Cup.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, had to be stretchered off after just 18 minutes of Liverpool's 5-2 semi-final first leg victory over Roma at Anfield on Tuesday.

The extent of player's injury will only be revealed later in the week after further examinations but the Liverpool manager said the club’s medical team did not expect the England international to play again this season.

"The biggest blow for the mood in the dressing room is the injury to Ox," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp's men looked certain for the final in Kiev on May 26 when doubles from the outstanding Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino either side of Sadio Mane's strike saw the hosts race into a 5-0 lead.

However, late goals from Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti allied to Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury soured Klopp's mood.

"It looks like this unfortunately," added Klopp when asked if the player's season was over.

"That's the reason I'm not flying mood wise. We lost a fantastic player tonight."

Oxlade-Chamberlain has seen a dwindling career revitalised by Klopp since moving to Liverpool last summer.

The former Arsenal man scored a stunning goal in Liverpool's 3-0 quarter-final, first leg win over Manchester City and was widely expected to be included in the England squad for the World Cup, which starts in Russia on June 15.

Chamberlain will now join Adam Lallana on the sideline, who has been receiving treatment at the Sports Science Institute in Cape Town.

Liverpool's second-leg will take place at the Stadio Olympico on Tuesday, May 1 against the Serie A outfit.

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