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Liverpool expect Oxlande-Chamberlain to miss majority of season

Liverpool expect Oxlande-Chamberlain to miss majority of season
Liverpool have confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to the vast majority of the 2018-19 season as he continues his recovery from knee ligament damage, with manager Jurgen Klopp saying "it will be a bonus" if the 24-year-old plays at all.

Oxlade-Chamberlain injured his knee during Liverpool's Champions League semifinal with Roma in April and underwent successful surgery eight days later.

Liverpool say a timescale for Oxlade-Chamberlain's recovery was not revealed at time because the 24-year-old did not want the developments to distract his teammates from their run towards the Champions League final.

"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 told Liverpool's website,

"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.

Oxlade-Chamberlain made 42 appearances during his first season at Liverpool following his £40 million move from Arsenal.

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