Oxlade-Chamberlain ruled out of World Cup

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain could be key to Liverpool beating Roma

GETTY Alex Oxlade Chamberlain could be key to Liverpool beating Roma

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's season is over and he's out of the England World Cup squad after an injury against Roma.

The English worldwide will now miss Liverpool's second leg against Roma where they hold a three goal lead and would subsequently miss the final if Liverpool were to make it.

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

"The extent of the injury means Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to miss the remainder of the campaign for Liverpool, as well as the World Cup in Russian Federation with England", Liverpool said in a statement.

Liverpool did not confirm exactly how long the 24-year-old will be sidelined but explained the damage is severe enough to rule him out of the rest of the Reds' 2017-18 campaign and the World Cup.

The 24-year-old midfielder was assessed on Wednesday and Liverpool said he will not return to full fitness until next season.

Speaking during a post-match conference at Anfield, Klopp told BT Sport: "Oxlade, it's probably a really bad injury". The player has made 42 appearances for Liverpool after signing from Arsenal on the last day of last summer's transfer window.

Oxlade-Chamberlain went down under a challenge in Liverpool's 5-2 defeat of the Italian side on Tuesday and was stretchered off after 18 minutes.

Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy, who returned to action at the weekend after missing the bulk of this season with cruciate ligament damage, tweeted Oxlade-Chamberlain with a message of consolation and encouragement.

Liverpool lie third in the Premier League with three games remaining - three points above Tottenham having played a game more.

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