Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be described as the saddest man on earth today following the revelation that his horrific injury suffered in April will rule him out for the whole of the 2018/19 season.
Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered multiple ligament damage when he went for a tackle during the first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final; every major ligament in his right knee was damaged, including the cruciate, medial and lateral collateral ligament.
The England international also damaged a tendon which leads to the hamstring, resulting in further complications.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said the club and player knew Chamberlain will be out for one full season, the next day after he got injured.
“It feels like now is an appropriate time to tell people that for Ox this coming season will be about focusing on recovery and rehab,” Klopp said.
“We have known this from pretty much the day after he got the injury and after the successful surgery, we were sure of it.
“I hope everyone treats this information responsibly. There has been no change, no setback – it’s exactly on the schedule we expected and planned for. The new information is that we’re now giving more detail publicly.