Liverpool Star Oxlade-Chamberlain ‘Likely To Miss Whole Season’

FILE PHOTO: Liverpool’s English midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reacts after picking up an injury during the UEFA Champions League first leg semi-final football match between Liverpool and Roma at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England. PHOTO: Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to miss the whole of the forthcoming season.

The Premier League club said on Wednesday that they were already aware of the grim scenario.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, suffered multiple knee ligament damage during the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Roma in April and underwent successful surgery eight days later.

“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,” said a Liverpool statement.

Manager Jurgen Klopp told liverpoolfc.com that he was aware that the former Arsenal star would likely be unavailable for the 2018/2019 season.

!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,” said Klopp.

“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 recovery has started superbly well. If we do see him back this season it will be a bonus.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Liverpool last summer from Arsenal in a £35million deal but the injury ruled him out of the Champions League final against Real Madrid and the World Cup with England.

“It is so important — because of how valuable and important he is to what we are looking to do here in the coming seasons — that the focus is on doing this right and not rushed. Ox is completely on board with this approach.

“He is such an outstandingly good person and someone who even when not playing is integral to the heartbeat of (training centre) Melwood.

“I cannot wait to have him back with us for matches, but we will wait for him and we will show the patience that is required to make sure he comes back ready to continue where he left off: as one of the most outstanding performers in European football in that moment.”

Klopp has already boosted Liverpool’s midfield ahead of the new season by signing Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri.

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Lukaku Voted Premier League Player Of The Month

Lukaku Voted Premier League Player Of The Month
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Romelu Lukaku’s four goals in March have earned the Everton striker the Premier League Player of the Month award.

Lukaku received the accolade after moving to the top of the scoring chart, taking his tally to 21 strikes for the season with three deadly performances.

He finished March with two goals in a 4-0 triumph over Hull City, making him the first Everton player in history to reach 20 goals in a single Premier League season.

The 23-year-old Belgian claimed the prize ahead of Artur Boruc and Joshua King of Bournemouth, Nathan Redmond of Southampton, Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho and Liverpool midfielder, Georginio Wijnaldum.

Rooney Injured, To Miss England vs. Spain Friendly

Wayne Rooney Injured, To Miss England vs. Spain FriendlyLiverpool midfielder, Jordan Henderson will captain England against Spain on Tuesday, with Wayne Rooney injured.

Wayne Rooney and left back Ryan Bertrand are injury doubts for the year-ending friendly as they were the only players absent from training on the eve of the meeting with Spain at Wembley.

Having started the previous game – a 0-0 draw away to Slovenia – on the bench, forward Rooney returned to lead the side in Friday’s World Cup qualifying win over Scotland.

He then missed training with a knee injury on Monday and later pulled out of the squad.

“Both are being assessed. They had minor issues this morning, so we’ll have a look at them as the game goes on,” said interim manager, Gareth Southgate, on Monday.

“Obviously, they weren’t able to train, so they must be a doubt, but until we look at them we won’t know for sure.”

Henderson, 26, captained England in their 0-0 draw in Slovenia in October when Rooney was dropped to the bench.

“I don’t think we can have just one captain,” Southgate said.

“We have several leaders. Too much responsibility has been on Wayne – we need to share that. Once you have a team of those leaders you can have a lot of success.”

Tottenham striker, Harry Kane will also not feature against Spain, having been released from the squad over the weekend as he recovers from injury.

The 23-year-old damaged an ankle against Sunderland on 18 September and only returned for 73 minutes of action against Arsenal on 6 November before joining up with the England squad.

He was an unused substitute for the 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley.

James Milner Retires From International Football

James-MilnerLiverpool Midfielder, James Milner, on Friday, confirmed his retirement from international football.

“I would like to thank Sam for taking the time to come and see me in person and have the conversation face-to-face, regarding my international future and role within the England set-up,” Milner told TheFa.

“I think the decision we have reached is all about common sense. I wish Sam, the players, staff and supporters success in the future.”

Meanwhile, the new England Manager, Sam Allardyce, said he respects the decision of the midfielder and wished him well as he continues his club career.

“James has had the chance to reflect on his international career in recent months and consider his next steps, particularly with a young family at home and having allowed himself little free time away from the professional game in the past 15 years,” Allardyce said.

“After we had a lengthy conversation with him earlier this week, he has decided to take a step back from international duty; a decision I fully respect.

“James can be proud of his seven-year career as a senior England player and has never let his country down when called upon. His club career, already glittering, has many years ahead and we wish him well with Liverpool this season and beyond.”

Milner, 30, made 61 appearances for England, including being a squad member at two World Cups and two European Championships.

Sevilla Stun Liverpool, Win Third Successive Europa League Title

Sevilla, Europa League, LiverpoolSevilla have become the first team to win three successive Europa League title after beating Liverpool 3 – 1 on Wednesday night in Basel.

The Reds initially mounted a pressure on the Spanish after Daniel Sturridge scored a goal with a fantastic assist from Philippe Coutinho in the 35th minute.

Liverpool maintained the 1 – 0 lead till the end of the first half.

Sevilla came tough in the beginning of the second half just as Kevin Gameiro scored the equaliser, barely two minutes from the kick off.

Vitolo (Víctor Perez) also made an assist which was utilised by Sevilla’s defender Coke (Jorge Moreno) to set the Spanish on the lead before he (Coke) subsequently scored an unbelievable goal as the game ended 3 – 1.

Sevilla, Europa League 2

The defending champions have endured a disappointing domestic campaign, finishing seventh in La Liga and failing to win a single away game, the only team in Europe’s top five leagues to do so.

Sevilla, Liverpool Set For Europa League Final

Europa League, Sevilla, LiverpoolLiverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp, has urged his team to become “Liverpool Legends” by winning the Europa League crown against Sevilla in Basel.

The Reds beat Premier League rivals Manchester United, Klopp’s former side Borussia Dortmund and Spanish club Villarreal on their way to the final.

And the Reds boss will be hoping to build on that run to end an 11-year wait for European success at St. Jakob-Park.

On the flipside, Sevilla Coach, Unai Emery, wants his team to stay focused on their game if they are to achieve history in this season’s Europa League final.

The defending champions, Sevilla, have won the last two editions of the tournament and hold a record four UEFA Cup/Europa League triumphs, all in the last decade.

If Sevilla beat Liverpool in Basel they will become the first team to win three successive Europa League titles.

Sevilla have endured a disappointing domestic campaign, finishing seventh in La Liga and failing to win a single away game, the only team in Europe’s top five leagues to do so.

Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder, James Milner, says winning the Europa League final against Sevilla would mean more than playing “six years” in the Champions League.

Both sides meet in Wednesday night’s final in Basel and Milner championed the tournament as a way of winning an all-important trophy, rather than winning it because it awards a berth in the Champions League.