The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern had been loving the form of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain since his move to Anfield. Though he was initially expected to fill more of a rotational role, the Englishman cooked up a storm in the heart of the midfield for the Reds, and he quickly emerged as an indispensable member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
However, that all came to a stop when he suffered a knee injury, and that looked set to keep him out until the start of next season.
Now, though, it appears as though the Reds are to be without their star midfielder for even longer than expected.
This is a significant blow for Liverpool, as it will leave them short of midfield quality for the first few months of the season.
Given that the layoff time has been extended, you’d expect that to also negatively affect how long it will take for him to return to 100% fitness too, and so the Reds could realistically be looking at 2019 in their quest to get him back to maximum fitness.
That could mean he misses the entirety of Liverpool’s group stage European campaign, as well as the first round of Premier League fixtures.
Whichever way you spin it, this is bad news for Liverpool. The last thing they needed, especially in midfield, was an extended injury layoff.
Realistically, it can take several months even after a return to get back to maximum fitness, and so there is a very long road ahead for The Ox.
Still, at least Jurgen Klopp is well aware of this news ahead of time, and with the summer approaching, perhaps he’ll look to bring in further depth to ensure that this isn’t too much of a problem.
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