Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to miss the vast majority of the 2018-19 season and competitive game time before the end of the campaign would be a bonus.
The midfielder sustained multiple ligament damage when attempting a tackle during the first half of the Champions League tie with AS Roma at Anfield in April.
The 24-year-old underwent a successful surgery eight days later. The estimated length of his recovery was not disclosed at the time.
“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 Liverpoolfc.com.
“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.”