What Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Did After Knowing He'd Be Out For The Season Is Class

Liverpool fans are rightfully excited following the transfer agreement of Alisson Becker, not to mention already securing the services of Fabinho and Naby Keita, but the club received a blow in the shape of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury.

The 24-year-old suffered a serious knee injury last season during Liverpool's stunning Champions League campaign.

His knock ruled him out for the rest of the term, as well as missing out on the World Cup with England.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is now expected to miss a majority of next season as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury sustained against AS Roma.

Liverpool released a statement regarding the extent of the injury on Wednesday even though they knew about it last season shortly after his injury.

"The estimated length of his lay-off was not revealed at the time at the request of Oxlade-Chamberlain, who did not want the news to distract from the Reds' ongoing Champions League run and the excitement surrounding it," the statement reads.

Class act from Oxlade-Chamberlain who didn't want to distract Liverpool's Champions League run which included reaching the final, eventually losing to Real Madrid.

"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 about the England international.

Oxlade-Chamberlain watches the Champions League final. Image: PA
Oxlade-Chamberlain watches the Champions League final. Image: PA

The Liverpool boss added: "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.

"It is typical of Ox that he didn't want the news to overshadow the end of the season and, to be quite honest, we thought we could wait and tell people at an appropriate time.

"His surgery - which he had on the day of our second leg in Roma - has been completely successful and his recovery has started superbly well.

"But the truth of the matter is that we are preparing this season knowing he will not be with us on the pitch for competitive matches for the majority of it. If we do see him back this season it will be a bonus."

Get well soon, Alex.

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

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