Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that the injury suffered to midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a “big shadow” on his side’s Club World Cup triumph on Saturday.
Oxlade-Chamberlain fell awkwardly after 72 minutes of the Reds’ clash with Flamengo in Qatar, in which Roberto Firmino’s extra-time goal was enough to clinch the club’s first-ever title in the competition.
England international Oxlade-Chamberlain took part in Liverpool’s post-match celebrations with the help of crutches and, speaking in his post-match press conference, Klopp said he will have to wait to find out the extent of the problem.
“Ox got injured in one situation and we play in five days again and that is a tough deal,” the manager said.
“When he landed, he got a kick and rolled over on it. He feels OK, of course it’s far from being perfect, but we have to see if it’s a stretched ligament or partly ruptured or ruptured, we have to see.
“That’s a big shadow, that’s how it is in contact sport.”
The injury adds to the growing list of problems Liverpool have in midfield, with Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho both out with hamstring and ankle issues, respectively.
Asked about his emotions after the game, he said: “In moments like this, and from a few moments in the past, I struggle to find the right words not in my native language.
“I struggle to find the words to express my respect for the boys, it was incredible. We did so many good things.
“I saw so many sensationally-good performances and I am really happy.”
Liverpool return to action on Boxing Day with a crunch Premier League clash away to Leicester.