Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain exits Roma game with ‘serious’ injury

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp sees the positives from his side’s first leg against Roma, even though they gave up two goals in the second half.
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson were left frustrated with the two goals conceded, despite beating Roma 5-2 at Anfield.

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered what manager Jurgen Klopp called a “really bad” leg injury early in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over Roma in the Champions League semifinals.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was involved in a challenge with Roma’s Aleksandar Kolarov and underwent lengthy treatment on the pitch before being carried back to the dressing room on a stretcher, and Georginio Wijnaldum came on in his place.

Klopp said “it looks like” the 24-year-old will not be able to return for Liverpool before their potential Champions League final on May 26, while Oxlade-Chamberlain could also be a major doubt for England this summer with the World Cup less than two months away.

“We don’t know it exactly, but all the medical department is quite concerned without a scan,” Klopp told a news conference. “Then you can imagine that it’s difficult. The season is not that long anymore.

“It doesn’t look good. I’m a very positive person and I hope that it only feels bad but is not that bad. We will see.”

Roma were able to cut Liverpool’s 5-0 lead to a three-goal deficit late on, but Klopp said after the game that Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury was the “biggest blow for the mood in the dressing room.”

Liverpool's English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain receives treatment after sustaining an injury against Roma.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a serious injury.

“The biggest problem that we have today 100 percent is that we lost Oxlade-Chamberlain, who played brilliant as long he was in,” Klopp said in a postgame television interview. “Thank God Gini [Wijnaldum] played as well, fantastic.

“But that’s a serious injury and with our squad situation at the moment it’s of course not really cool.”

Klopp bemoaned the number of setbacks that have struck Liverpool this season, as injuries to Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Joel Matip and Nathaniel Clyne — the last of whom returned to the bench on Tuesday — have limited the Reds’ depth.

“We all know, the best thing, if you go direct to final, semifinals and have important games in [the domestic] league you need a full squad,” Klopp said. “We have pretty much the opposite of a full squad at the moment.

“But I said it a few times, obviously the Liverpool way is always a little bit harder. So we have to find solutions, we need to be creative, and that’s what we try to be.”

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