Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out for the season with manager Jurgen Klopp admitting it will be a “bonus” if he plays any competitive minutes in the upcoming campaign.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, sustained multiple knee ligament damage during the win over Roma in the Uefa Champions League in April that saw his knee give away under a challenge from Aleksandar Kolarov.
He was immediately ruled out of the Champions League final and the World Cup, but no further detail was given.
However Klopp has now revealed that the club and player knew of the injury’s severity straight away but at the player’s request the information was withheld from the public as Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t want the news to disrupt his club and international team-mates.
Now the club have decided to come forward ahead of the new season to avoid any further speculation as to his status, also revealing that Oxlade-Chamberlain had surgery shortly after he suffered the injury initially.
“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.