Cape Town - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is out for the rest of the year with
ankle ligament damage, according to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
The England international, who has endured a torrid time
with injuries in his career, suffered the latest setback in the Reds' FIFA Club
World Cup final win over Flamengo on Saturday night.
With games to come against Leicester City and Wolverhampton
Wanderers before the end of the month, Klopp has now confirmed
Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss both matches and it’s not yet certain when the
former Arsenal attacker will return.
The Reds boss told his pre-match press conference: "The
ankle [is] what we probably expected; you have three ligaments on the outside
of the ankle, one of them is damaged.
"Now we have to see how quickly we can fix that. I
don't know exactly. I had that injury myself, but it was years ago, and it can
take a while or can be quick, we have to see.
"No chance for Thursday and no chance for this year;
Oxlade will not play anymore (in 2019) that's clear. Then we have to see how
quickly it can settle."
Klopp has also confirmed he has no injury concerns ahead of
a return to domestic action after their efforts out in Qatar for the FIFA Club
Liverpool have a 10-point gap between themselves and
Leicester going into Boxing Day's game at King Power Stadium.
The Reds also have a game in hand over Brendan Rodgers' men,
having seen their weekend game against West Ham postponed due to the Club World
Already in a commanding position, a victory for Liverpool on
Thursday would pile even more pressure in reigning Premier League champions
Manchester City, who won't take the field in their next game until Friday at
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