We are only three weeks away from the beginning of the 27th Premier League season. Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the most of the upcoming season due to a knee injury. According to the club’s statement, Jurgen Klopp doesn’t have plans for the 24-year-old midfielder this season. “For Ox, this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab,” said the Reds’ boss.
It was the Champions League semi-final game between Liverpool and Roma that put an end to Chamberlain’s field-time for the rest of the season. Just 15 minutes into the game, the England international sustained knee ligament damage. Liverpool, a favourite on best betting sites, went into the Champions League final clash without the 24-year-old.
At that time, Liverpool shared very few details about Alex’s injury. As Klopp explained, Chamberlain requested, regardless of everything, that the information about the full extent of his injury is kept private. “He didn’t want the news to overshadow the end of the season,” Klopp said.
During Liverpool’s second semi-final tie with Roma, Chamberlain underwent surgery, which was successful. So far, the recovery of the former Arsenal player is going according to plan. Furthermore, Liverpool has enough players on the field, and they don’t need to rush Chamberlain’s recovery. The Reds’ boss has confirmed that Chamberlain is “on board” with this strategy.
One of the reasons for Liverpool’s success in the previous campaign is Klopp’s patience. Liverpool’s Number 21 is an essential player of the club, and Klopp recognises that. The 51-year-old made long-term plans for Chamberlain having set goals for him for the upcoming seasons. Speeding the player’s recovery up, on the other hand, would only come in the way of Chamberlain’s top performance.
“We are preparing this season knowing he will not be with us on the pitch for competitive matches for the majority of it. If we do see him back this season, it will be a bonus,” said Jurgen.