Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out of World Cup with knee injury

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The midfielder has been in seriously impressive form since joining the Reds from Arsenal back in August, and has definitely come a long way under Jurgen Klopp.

England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was ruled out the World Cup on Wednesday after sustaining knee-ligament damage playing for Liverpool in the Champions League semifinals against Roma.

How big a blow will The Ox's absence at this summer's tournament be?

His injury leaves Liverpool with just three fit senior central midfielders - Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum.

A scan confirmed that Oxlade-Chamberlain sustained a "knee ligament injury" that will sideline him for the remainder of Liverpool's campaign.

Oxlade-Chamberlain had been in contention to earn a starting spot for England in Russian Federation this summer, after playing in five of the Three Lions' six World Cup qualifiers in 2017.

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"It's probably a really bad injury", Klopp said in a post-match interview published on LiverpoolFC.com. Oxlade-Chamberlain was carried off on a stretcher in the 18th minute of the first leg at Anfield on Tuesday.

It will be interesting to see how Klopp approaches the midfield moving forward without such a key figure.

The Reds added that there is no specific time frame in place for Oxlade-Chamberlain's return. "However, Oxlade-Chamberlain will now begin a rehabilitation programme to enable him to reach full fitness again as soon as possible, returning to action next season".

The Reds are now third in the Premier League with three games left to play.

Liverpool face relegation candidates Stoke City at Anfield this Saturday before heading to Italy to play the second leg vs. Roma next Wednesday.

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