Jurgen Klopp confirms Oxlade-Chamberlain injury blow & provides Henderson update

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the rest of Liverpool’s pre-season programme after suffering a knee injury in training.

The 27-year-old picked up the knock during a challenge in training and has left Austria to begin his rehabilitation with the club’s medical team at Melwood.

Reds manager Klopp said: ‘Really unfortunate. An unfortunate situation as well; it was a challenge [in training].

‘It looks like it is very similar to what Hendo had, which keeps him out for we don’t know for sure exactly how long, but for sure this pre-season he will not make a game, Arsenal for sure not and then we will see.

‘The next game is probably two weeks later, but I don’t know. We have to wait but it is far away from being perfect, of course. It is really hard for him and hard for us, but it is not to change.’

In more positive news for the Premier League champions, Klopp has confirmed Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip are making good progress following their injuries.

Reds captain Henderson suffered a knee injury during Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Brighton on July 8, while Matip has not played since injuring his foot against Everton on June 21.

‘It’s good. Both are very positive, both are more or less pain-free now,’ Klopp added.

‘Now they have to adapt just to the intensity and they do that with the fitness coaches and not with us.

‘In the moment when they give us the green light then they are back in team training.

‘How I said, we should not rush it in the moment. I would love to have both in the squad obviously but in the moment it’s not possible.

‘So they will be back in the early stages of the new season. Hopefully for the first match already.’

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