Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has broken his silence since it was confirmed that his season, for both club and country, has come to a premature end.
The Liverpool midfielder was forced off with a knee ligament injury during the side’s 5-2 Champions League victory over Roma on Tuesday night, with Jurgen Klopp fearing the worst almost immediately.
It has since been confirmed that not only will Oxlade-Chamberlain play no further part in Liverpool’s season, but the injury will also keep him out of action for England’s World Cup campaign in Russia this summer.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday evening, the 24-year-old focused instead on supporting his teammates as they look to book their place in the Champions League final next week for the first time since 2007, and also paid tribute to Irish Liverpool fan Sean Cox, who continues to fight for his life in hospital having been assaulted by Roma fans outside Anfield before Tuesday evening’s match.
— Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) April 25, 2018
“Absolutely devastated to have picked up this injury at such a crucial time in the season.
“Gutted I won’t be able to play any further part now in our Champions League run for Liverpool, and also the World Cup with England.
“But now it’s all about getting behind the boys, I know we have what it takes to do something special in the tournament
“I’m going to give everything I have to make sure I’m back as quickly as possible.
“However, all this pales in comparison to how the family of the Liverpool fan badly hurt before last night’s game must be feeling.
“My thoughts are with him and his loved ones.”
“Thank you all for your kind words, messages and support. I’ll see you soon.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s career has been transformed by a £35m move to Anfield last summer. Having struggled to reach his potential at Arsenal, and having endured a tough start to his Liverpool career, the midfielder has become a big player for Klopp in recent months and his absence will be felt by the Reds as the season draws to a close.
Klopp and Liverpool hope to have the player back in action for the beginning of the new season.