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Liverpool Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers ankle ligament damage

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has suffered ligament damage.

The England midfielder suffered an ankle injury during the Club World Cup final versus Flamengo, and hobbled off in the 75th minute after receiving treatment.

He was then seen with a protective boot on, and had to use crutches as the Reds celebrated the 1-0 triumph over the South American champions.

Now, offering an update on Oxlade-Chamberlain’s fitness, Klopp confirmed that Oxlade-Chamberlain damaged a ligament in his right ankle.

Ruling him out until the New Year, Klopp said: “No news on anyone else which is good news. And with Oxlade yeah, as we probably expected. “You have three ligaments on the outside of the ankle and one of them is damaged. And now we have to see how quick we can fix that.

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The 26-year-old has spent much of the last year in the physio room with a knee problem that ruled him out of the World Cup in 2018 and two Champions League finals, and now his manager Jurgen Klopp said the blow could ‘take a while’ to heal.

‘No chance for this [calendar] year. We have to see how quick it can settle.’

Oxlade-Chamberlain has made 21 appearances since making his return this season having featured just twice in the last campaign.

He had looked to be back to his best form after putting in an impressive shift against Monterrey in the Club World Cup semi-finals, driving the team forwards with some dangerous runs. Oxlade-Chamberlain did not let his new injury get him down as he celebrated Liverpool becoming world champions versus Brazilian side Flamengo.

The Reds secured a late 1-0 win as Roberto Firmino stepped up again to score the winner after rescuing the team in stoppage time in the semi-final versus Monterrey.

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