Liverpool Reveal Oxlade-Chamberlain Injury Blow
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has informed us that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the majoirty of the coming season due to an injury he suffered towards the end of last season. The 24 year old went down with a knee injury against Roma in the Champions League semi-final, and has been on the road to recovery since. It is reported that the diagnosis was always going to be this long, but Liverpool had opted to not tell anyone until the summer.
The injury ensured that Oxlade-Chamberlain missed out on the England World Cup squad for this summer's event in Russia, stopping him from adding to the 32 caps he has right now. After a move from Arsenal for £35 million last summer, Oxlade-Chamberlain had not set the world alight at Liverpool, but had shown glimpses of promise for his new club. He looked to be a player in desperate need of a move, which is why many fans were excited to see him take to the field for Liverpool, and there is still hope that he can show that once he has fully recovered from this setback.
Going forward, Liverpool will more than likely write off Oxlade-Chamberlain for the coming season, and anything he does provide them will be a bonus. It is a bad break for him at just the wrong time, because he would have been targeting an important place within the Liverpool squad after a year of settling down. Whether that was as a starting player, or a high end impact sub, Oxlade-Chamberlain would have been able to offer something and now Liverpool need to look elsewhere for that.
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Looking ahead to the new season and Liverpool remain as 4/1 second favourites to win the Premier League. They are seen by many people as the number one challengers to current title holders Manchester City, and the bookmakers certainly agree with that. City are odds on at 10/17 to win their second title in a row, but should they slip up then Liverpool appear to be the best placed to take advantage.
What Liverpool are doing this summer is building a squad that will help then challenge in both Europe and domestically. Towards the end of last season they became tired, and with an additional couple of players they should be able to manage that better. They will have to do it without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but still look to be in a good position going forward.