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Klopp Talk: “Biggest Blow” Is Injury To Oxlade-Chamberlain

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The boss discusses Liverpool’s win against Roma and gives his early assessment of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury.

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Despite the dominate first 68 minutes of Tuesday’s game against Roma, Liverpool made things interesting by conceding two late goals to ensure that fingernails will be bitten for the next week. Manager Jürgen Klopp, after the match, said that the real blow to the mood in the dressing room after that win wasn’t the those two goals, but instead the injury of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 19th minute.

“To be honest, the biggest blow for the mood in the dressing room is the injury of Oxlade-Chamberlain,” he admitted. “Conceding two goals is not what you want, 100 per cent, but it’s not to change anymore and we can deal with that. That’s football.”

As for Oxlade-Chamberlain, the early outlook isn’t great.

“Oxlade, it’s probably a really bad injury,” he continued. “If we can say that already before the scan, that’s never good news so that means for us it’s a massive blow, of course. We have still a few very important games to go and the squad doesn’t get bigger in the moment, so we obviously need to be creative in the next few games.”

The loss of another midfielder, after already being without Adam Lallana and Emre Can, cuts things awful close for the matches to come. This makes it even more frustrating that Liverpool didn’t effectively sew up the top four over the weekend, or keep the clean sheet on Tuesday. These things ensure that Henderson, Milner, and Wijnaldum will likely have to play every game from now until the end of the season.

Pray to the god of hamstrings, thigh muscles, and knee ligaments.